Scotland has up to 1.5m “cold homes”, research finds

There are around 1.5 million “unhealthily cold” homes across Scotland, figures released by the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland, whose members include WWF Scotland, Changeworks and the National Insulation Association, have been able to suggest.

Glasgow is the region where most of the homes are located, with around 165,000. There are almost 150,000 cold homes in Aberdeen and the Highlands & Islands while 125,000 are in Edinburgh and more than 100,000 in Fife.

The campaigners recommend a National Infrastructure Priority for energy efficiency and the introduction of new regulation and planning controls, backed by market incentives to improve the energy performance of existing homes.

Alan Ferguson, Chair of the Existing Homes Alliance said: “These figures show that if the next Scottish Government set an objective to bring all homes in Scotland to at least a ‘C’ energy performance standard by 2025, they could end the scourge of cold homes currently affecting thousands of households in every single parliamentary constituency across Scotland.”

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