Glasgow City Region Adaptation Strategy - report

Glasgow City Region Climate Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

Flagship Action 7: Net-zero, climate resilient housing retrofit

Intention It is estimated that over 420,000 homes across the region currently fall below the standard of Energy Performance Certificate Band C (due to be the required minimum standard by Scottish Government), whilst the adaptation and resilience measures needed in the region’s homes have yet to be quantified or costed. As part of the region’s Economic Recovery Plan, Glasgow City Region will work with a wide range of partners to develop a proposal for the retrofit of these homes with energy efficiency, renewable electricity and explore the opportunity for adaptation measures. Glasgow City Region has commissioned a feasibility study to inform the development of the proposal. The study will consider the requirements and develop a roadmap for the rollout. This will include the technical requirements, potential financial approaches including how to structure such a financing model to target those in fuel poverty and who are most vulnerable to climate impacts, whilst avoiding additional costs, for example through higher heating costs or high payments for adaptation benefits. It will also assess the economic benefits of home energy retrofit, including the potential economic uplift, the opportunities for the local supply chain and the skills requirements. The Feasibility Study will provide a clear set of recommendations for delivering retrofit that take into account the function, role, and powers of a range of different partners such as local authorities, national government, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the Scottish Housing Regulator, Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations etc. Outcomes Domestic buildings account for about a fifth of Scotland’s emissions, and therefore require substantial attention over the next 20 years in order to meet the net-zero target. At the same time, many buildings in the region need improvements to become resilient to climate impacts. Delivered in an integrated way, there are many benefits for people and the region: cheaper heating bills, less exposure to flooding or overheating, reduced fuel poverty. It also has the potential to provide a strong economic stimulus, for investment and training across the whole supply chain, creating new skilled, green jobs, and a wider market signal across the electricity and heat network companies and providers. A coordinated net-zero, resilient retrofit scheme will help to minimize future disruption to building owners and occupiers, lowering the total costs of delivering low carbon, climate resilient development. Such approaches will also drive wider community resilience. Supporting and enabling mechanisms • Heat in Buildings Strategy/Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies – will set out the new regulatory framework for the transition to zero emissions in domestic buildings. • Resilient Regions: Clyde Rebuilt – the project identified a financial model that could be used to bank savings on heating costs due to a warming climate as part of the wider project benefits.

Supports delivery of the following Adaptation Strategy interventions 5 8 11

Key partners Glasgow City Region, all eight local authorities, housing associations, MGSDP, Scottish Government, EIT Climate-KIC, SEPA, NatureScot, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Power Energy Networks, Scottish Flood Forum, landlords, Skills Development Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland, housing developers, contractors, FE Colleges


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