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Upcoming Events 2017

Scotland Build 22-23 November 2017

Energy Saving Trust are exhibiting at Scotland Build which takes place on 22-23 November at the SEC Glasgow.

Come and meet us at our stand number C44, situated near the Meet the Buyer area - you can sign up for a free pass here

Speakers from Energy Saving Trust will be taking part in the Sustainability Summit on day two of the exhibition, Thursday 23 November.  

Ian Cuthbert, Supply Chain programme manager will be presenting on Energy Efficiency in Scotland: A Summary of Key Findings from Energy Saving Trust and Scottish Enterprise Market Research at 10:30am.

Ken Brady, Programme Manager for District Heating Loan Fund will talk about Supporting District Heating in Scotland at 1:30pm. 

Scotland Build is a key annual event focusing on the future of Scotland's built environment and construction industry.

It provides opportunities for leading industry bodies, suppliers and buyers from across Scotland's built environment to network, create new business and to position themselves as leaders within this marketplace. The exhibition also brings together leading architects, developers, contractors, SMEs, home builders, local councils and Government bodies.


Previous Events


Energy efficiency workshop for contractors in Shetland -  14 September 2017

Energy Saving Trust in partnership with the Energy Skills Partnership held a workshop on energy efficiency for contractors on the Shetland Islands.

The workshop took place to both inform contractors of the latest opportunities available on the islands and get feedback on the level of support contractors need to effectively participate in this market. The insights gained from this workshop will help inform further support for contractors.

It included representatives from the following organisations:

  • Shetland Islands Council
  • Shetland Construction Training Group
  • Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
  • Shetland College


Helping to shape Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) and Scottish Government Energy Strategy  - 4 May 2017

Energy Saving Trust ran a half day consultation workshop to discuss Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) and minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented sector housing  on Thursday 4 May in Perth.

The strategy seeks to improve energy efficiency and decarbonise the heat supply to Scotland's 2.4 million homes, businesses and public sector estates, in a way that is socially and economically sustainable. 

This session saw industry representatives provide comments on these consultations.

Read the speakers presentations from the workshop.  

Links to the consultations are below:



Webinar: Section 63 new regulations on energy efficiency in existing non-domestic buildings, 27 September 2016

What are the Section 63 regulations?

The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016, made in response to Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, form part of the Scottish Ministers' action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions arising from building use, and came into  affect on 1st September 2016.

These regulations apply to the sale or rental (to a new tenant) of most buildings over 1,000 square metres in size. Owners of qualifying buildings are required to assess their building and make an 'Action Plan' available in support of the sale or rental process. These 'Action Plans' are carried out by Section 63 Advisors.

The owner must then either undertake improvement work to meet the energy performance and emissions targets identified in the Action Plan or, alternatively. may defer such work by reporting annual operational energy use. The latter is achieved by production of a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) and, in response, the DEC Assessor role is being introduced into Scotland for the first time.

How do I become a Section 63 Advisor?

These advisors are persons who have demonstrated competence and understanding in identifying practical energy improvement measures for existing buildings. They will be non-domestic EPC assessors who are either construction professionals who are members of a professional body or institution or have demonstrated competence by other means.

The key skills for the advice aspect of this role are drawn from elements already defined in relation to the non-domestic Green Deal Advisor role.

If you are interested in becoming a Section 63 Advisor (or a DEC assessor) then you should contact one of the Scottish Government's Approved Organisations appointed to register and manage Section 63 advisors and DEC assessors.

Find full details of the new regulations and their application. This includes a guide for building owners and a 'frequently asked questions' document.

You can view the slides from this webinar.

Webinar: Carbon Trust’s Green Business Fund* and Green Business Directory, 7 July 2016

On 21st March 2016 the Carbon Trust opened the Green Business Fund* for small and medium sized businesses in Scotland, England and Wales. The Green Business Fund is designed to help SMEs identify energy saving opportunities and to develop a robust business case for the purchase of the appropriate equipment. The programme of support includes a capital contribution of 15% of the project cost (up to a max of £10,000) to small and medium sized businesses installing energy saving equipment. This could mean up to £10,000 towards energy saving measures to help reduce costs, save energy and save carbon.

For SMEs to access this capital they must use a supplier / installer who is accredited by the Carbon Trust. Suppliers must accredit and become listed on the Carbon Trust Green Business Directory in order for their customers to take advantage of the fund.  The aim of this webinar was to inform the supply chain about the Green Business Fund and how they can take advantage and help their customers.

The webinar is part of a series of events funded by the Scottish Government through the Sustainable Energy Supply Chain programme from the Energy Saving Trust.

Topics covered included:

*subject to criteria, terms and conditions apply

You can view a recording of this webinar.

Microgeneration industry focus group: feedback on barriers facing the microgeneration industry in Scotland, 23 June 2016

The Sustainable Energy Supply Chain programme in partnership with Scottish Renewables held a free workshop to get industry feedback on the key barriers facing the microgeneration industry in Scotland.

The output of this workshop will be a report highlighting the key barriers facing the industry in Scotland which will be shared with the Scottish Government. The report is also expected to include recommendations for overcoming these barriers.

Topics covered included:

  • MCS requirements (costs, time and paperwork involved)
  • training
  • planning requirements
  • consumer advice
  • DNO connection requirements
  • technology specific issues

What is a webinar?

A webinar is simply a presentation you can join online from the comfort of your own home or office. Using your computer and telephone, you can hear a presentation (like a conference call) and also see the presenter's slides (watching over an internet connection). You won't be able to see the presenter or the moderator, or others attending the program and they won't be able to see you. Webinars are usually relatively short, perhaps between 30 and 45 minutes long.

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