Energy Efficient Homes
 
This Association Notes:
 
The Association and the University of Edinburgh have pledged to reduce their carbon emissions by 10% by the end of 2010 (www.1010uk.org/).
 
The Association President Thomas Graham’s manifesto commitment to tackle poorly insulated student residences.
 
The poorly insulated private student residences are causing fuel poverty and contributing to climate change.
 
That according to the Scottish House Condition Survey, the private rented sector has the worst level of energy efficiency of all tenures.
 
That the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) includes minimum standards for energy efficiency in housing and that this standard is compulsory for social housing but voluntary for the private rented sector.
 
That the SHQS standard is still much too low to deliver significant carbon emissions savings and reduce fuel poverty.
 
The new requirements for landlords to obtain Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), which suggest concrete measures to improve a property’s rating.
 
That information materials about EPCs exist on the EUSA website (http://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/accommodationfinder/whattolookoutfor/epc)
 
That Edinburgh City Council’s Landlords Accreditation Scheme (Code of Standards) makes reference to landlords providing tenants with advice on efficient use of heating and low energy appliances.
 
 
This Association Believes:
 
That improved energy efficiency would help students save money and reduce our contribution to climate change.
 
That letting agencies and landlords should do more to increase the energy efficiency of student residencies in the private sector.
 
That the requirement for landlords to offer EPCs can be used to improve the energy efficiency of student residencies.
 
 
This Association Resolves:
 
To raise awareness of students’ legal right to review the energy performance of residences before they move in.
 
To include individual EPCs in accommodation profiles in the Accommodation Finder website (http://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/accommodationfinder)
 
To lobby NUS Scotland, the Scottish Government and Edinburgh City Council to improve energy efficiency in private rented accommodations by settling compulsory minimum standards at least equivalent to the SHQS.
 
To carry out and make public the results of a comprehensive survey of EPCs of privately rented student accommodation in Edinburgh.
 
To discuss with landlords and letting agents ways to improve the energy efficiency of private rented accommodation.
 
 
Passed at the November 2009 General Meeting