Tradesmen of Tweeddale: are you ready for Energy Efficiency?

A trial network is being set up to help Tweeddale trades get themselves ready for the transition to energy efficiency.

The Energy Services Supply Chain project is keen to speak to local tradesmen and women to better understand what they need in terms of knowledge, training and accreditation ahead of new government requirements on carbon reduction.

With many calling for a ‘green recovery’ from COVID-19, specific support will also be available to help traders get back on their feet as the lockdown restrictions begin to ease.

The project builds on the Change Works in Peebles Hub project, which engaged with homeowners and business operators about the same issue. By working with local trades the network is aiming to get the supply and demand for energy efficient buildings working together.

Making buildings more energy efficient is an essential part of how we reduce carbon emissions as we progress towards net-zero 2045 in Scotland (2050 for UK as a whole). While 2045 might seem a long way off, we need to start taking action now, and some of the changes will happen soon:

  • no mains gas connection to new-build homes in Scotland from 2024
  • proposed minimum EPC rating of E for private rented homes by 2022
  • minimum EPC’s requirements for all home phased in from 2030 to 2040

As more Energy Efficiency measures and government guidelines on carbon reduction come into force, the way that building trades work will need to change. Tradesmen may need additional training or certification to undertake some types of work. The indications are that demand for this type of work is going to grow significantly and there are real opportunities for local businesses across a wide range of construction works, such as:

  • Insulation of all types
  • Draught-proofing and air-tightness
  • Double/triple and secondary glazing
  • Ventilation and heat-recovery
  • High-efficiency gas boilers
  • Biomass boilers
  • District heating systems
  • Heat pumps (ground, air or water source)
  • Heating controls/thermostats
  • Solar PV and battery storage
  • Solar thermal hot water
  • Low energy appliances and lighting

This project has been set up to discover how best to help local trades make more of the opportunities that the transition into Energy Efficiency will offer.

The team would like to speak to as many local trades as possible to better understand what they need in terms of new knowledge, training and accreditation, to get ready for the broad range of Energy Efficiency changes before they happen.

If you would like further information please call:

Julie Nock, Southern Uplands Partnership
Whatsapp/Mobile: 07726 603379

The project has been commissioned by Scottish Borders Council with funding from South of Scotland Enterprise, and is being delivered by the Southern Uplands Partnership.