David Blackman, Utility Week
The Scottish government has defied its own parliament by pressing ahead with its plans that all homes north of the border must meet an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of band C by 2040.
The Scottish parliament voted in May to bring forward to 2030 the date by which all homes north of the border should meet EPC band C.
But in an update to the Holyrood parliament on his government’s energy efficiency plans last week, Scottish energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said it would be sticking with the original target of 2040.
Under band C, homes must have a Standard Assessment Procedure of 69 to 80 points out of 100.
Defending the government, Wheelhouse said: “Arguments can be made for going faster, but we are concerned that moving too quickly would not only cause an inflationary effect on prices per intervention but potentially be detrimental to the Scottish economy by driving an increased need to import equipment and installers from outside Scotland, rather than developing and growing locally based supply chains here at home.