New retrofit scheme gives Scottish landlords efficiency options

A major programme to retrofit public sector buildings in Scotland and give all public sector organisations and registered social landlords the choice of having a combination of energy efficiency installations across their buildings has been launched.

The measures include building fabric, environmental service systems and their controls such as heating, cooling, lighting and water as well as local generation such as combined heat and power and district heating systems, with a total of 12 suppliers having been appointed to a procurement framework to deliver the retrofit works, which is estimated to be worth £300 million across Scotland’s public sector.

The scheme is expected to help save up to £30 million a year on energy bills, with Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing stating that the programme could transform Scotland’s public sector buildings and has the potential to save taxpayers millions of pounds.

“Improving the energy efficiency of all of Scotland’s buildings is a National Infrastructure Priority and this is a significant step forward in the drive to cut energy and maintenance costs and reduce carbon emissions,” he said.

“These projects pay for themselves as energy savings will, over time, pay for the installation costs and will also deliver a variety of wider community benefit including employment opportunities and business growth opportunities for the Scottish supply chain.”

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