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Update on EPC reform and Heat in Buildings legislation 
Update on EPC reform and Heat in Buildings legislation 

In 2023, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on legislation to reform Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). The drivers for reforming EPCs were based on the following recommendations from the Climate…

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Under One Roof’s response to the Heat in Buildings Bill Consultation
Under One Roof’s response to the Heat in Buildings Bill Consultation

Scotland has set a target to reach net zero by 2045. As part of reaching this target, the Heat in Buildings Bill proposes to make new laws around how we…

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Electric vehicle charging and tenements: what to do?
Electric vehicle charging and tenements: what to do?

With the ongoing transition to net zero, there are more and more electric vehicles on the roads to help reduce carbon emissions. In December 2021, operate a fund on behalf on the…

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Repairing Standard update: lead in water testing
Repairing Standard update: lead in water testing

In March 2023, the Scottish Government announced a series of updates to the existing Scottish Water for further guidance. If you require a plumber to replace lead pipework, search for a licensed…

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A short guide to maintaining gutters
A short guide to maintaining gutters

Cleaning your gutters is a key way to maintain your property’s value as it can prevent damage caused by damp. Due to climate change, rainfall in Scotland has increased significantly over the last 70 years and gutters need to be maintained to cope with this change.

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Response to Cladding Bill Consultation
Response to Cladding Bill Consultation

The Scottish Government has published a consultation to their proposed Cladding Bill, which seeks to address a number of issues related owners manging the issue of cladding in certain buildings in Scotland.

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For sale: the Tenement Handbook
For sale: the Tenement Handbook

Did you know that Under One Roof originated from The Tenement Handbook: A Practical Guide to Living in a Tenement? The book was published in 1993, written by our founders John Gilbert and Annie Flint, and provided everything someone living in a tenement flat would need to know about their building. This book became the Under One Roof website. 

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Tenement Town: Edinburgh’s Victorian history hidden in its doorways
Tenement Town: Edinburgh’s Victorian history hidden in its doorways

Diarmid Mogg is the founder and curator of the project Tenement Town, a website where he posts photographs of old tenement doorways in Edinburgh and the stories of the people who once lived there.  

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What is the best way to go about installing solar panels on my tenement building?
What is the best way to go about installing solar panels on my tenement building?

Installing solar panels is one way to reduce your energy bills and the carbon footprint of your property. However, for tenement flat owners, there are a number of things to consider and certain steps that need to be taken before installing solar panels on the roof of your building.

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The Repairing Standard and upcoming changes
The Repairing Standard and upcoming changes

Earlier this year, the Scottish Government announced a series of updates to the existing Repairing Standard that will be enforceable from 1st March 2024. The Repairing Standard covers the legal and contractual obligations of private landlords to ensure their property or properties meet the minimum physical standard of repair.

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Top tips for winter-proofing your tenement building
Top tips for winter-proofing your tenement building

During autumn and winter, tenement buildings and flats often face more common maintenance issues. Keep reading to find out what to look out for to protect your property and maintain its value this winter.

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Below ground level

Your tenement may have a basement, sometimes used for living accommodation or sometimes used for storage, cellars or wash-houses. These buildings will often also have a 'dunny' between the basement…

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Energy efficiency improvements

Adding insulation and draught-proofing can save money and the planet but in…

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Insulating traditional solid walls

Recent research suggests that traditional solid stone or brick walls provide better…

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Flat roofs

Flat roofs can be found on buildings of all ages. They can…

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Asphalt flat roofs

On stone tenements, asphalt roofs are found on: 'high backs' - raised backcourt…

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