The Sustainable Housing Strategy will set out our vision for warm, high quality, affordable, low carbon homes and a housing sector that helps to establish a successful low carbon economy across Scotland. Our route-map to 2030 sets out the steps we need to take. The strategy’s objectives are to:
• deliver a step-change in provision of energy efficient homes to 2030 through retrofit and new build, as promised in the Infrastructure Investment Plan;
• ensure that no-one in Scotland has to live in fuel poverty, as far as practicable, by 2016;
• make a full contribution to the Climate Change Act targets, as set out in the Report on Proposals and Policies; and
• enable the refurbishment and house-building sectors to contribute to and benefit from Scotland’s low carbon economy and to drive Scotland’s future economic prosperity.
This consultation document has been developed with input from the Sustainable Housing Strategy Group, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment and made up of leading organisations from the housing, fuel poverty, environmental and consumer protection fields. Its five themes emerged from the Greener Homes Summit held last November. These are:
• A national retrofit programme to tackle fuel poverty, make sure we reach the climate change milestones set for housing and enable Scottish households and businesses to get maximum benefit from energy company and other investment.
• Standards - to consider the role that regulation could play, alongside incentives, in driving uptake of energy efficiency measures.
• Financial market transformation to create long-term change in perception among surveyors, lenders and consumers of the real value of low carbon, energy efficient homes - in order to drive the market.
• New build market transformation to maximise the potential of the innovative design and construction techniques being developed by Scottish companies to create greener homes and neighbourhoods, which will in turn create export and other economic opportunities.
• Skills and training to capitalise on opportunities to make Scotland a market-leader in providing and exporting low-carbon housing solutions.