Energy Efficient Buildings Standards for Scotland

NEW buildings in Scotland are to be more energy efficient when changes to the building standards come into effect in 2015, the Scottish Minister for Planning, Derek Mackay announced last week.

From October 2015, improvement to new buildings will reduce carbon dioxide emissions compared to the current levels. These measures will affect new non-domestic buildings such as shops and offices where the improvement will be greater with an average reduction in emissions of around 43%. Meanwhile, housing is expected to reduce emissions by 21%.

Mr Mackay said: "These new measures will help Scotland become greener, a vital step in our drive to a low carbon economy.

“Over the last year I have met with many representatives from the house building and construction industry. Today’s announcement is made well in advance of improvements coming into effect, to give plenty of time to prepare for the changes.

“I’m now giving industry the certainty they asked for and importantly, an extra transitional two years preparatory period, a total of five years without change. This also provides a valuable period in which industry and government can work together to successfully deliver the improved standards.”

Lynne Sullivan, Chair of the Sullivan Panel said: “I am delighted that the Panel’s input has already been useful to Scottish Ministers. 

“The Scottish Government has managed to provide the appropriate balance to taking forward climate change objectives and supporting the construction industry through challenging times.”

Picture of Scottish Parliament by Klaus with K, reproduced under CCL.

Monday 30th September 2013

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