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Consultation – Social Housing Net Zero Standard

This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s new Social Housing Net Zero Standard (SHNZS) in Scotland. This new standard will replace the second Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH2).

While Solar Energy Scotland welcomes a new standard to make homes warmer, greener and more efficient, while being affordable for all, we have concerns that the fabric efficiency rating suggested, based on heat demand while excluding hot water demand, is a significant oversight and discriminates against solar thermal and solar PV (plus diverter) technology that can directly address both water and space heating. The suggested standard also doesn’t take into account future energy demands – specifically electricity demand – for burgeoning technologies, such as EVs, many of which will be charged at homes and offices, and which will be essential to decarbonising our transport system.