10. We will apply building standards to improve the energy efficiency of existing and new buildings

Implementation Lead(s):Scottish Government; Developers

Locations: All Scotland

Further reading:

Building Standards

Environmental Mitigation: None required to date. All future review is subject to assessment.

Ongoing Activity and Milestones:

2015 – Improved energy standards introduced, Section 6 (energy) – emissions reduced by 45% for new dwellings and 60% for new non-domestic buildings compared to 2007 standards; proportionate improvement for work to existing buildings. These standards can be accessed here.

2017-19 – The review of energy standards, originally planned for 2017, was deferred briefly to support a clear focus on current reviews of both fire safety and compliance and enforcement of building regulations, which are being undertaken in light of recent events in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK. Consequently enabling work for a review of the energy standards of the building regulations will commence in 2018 with any changes taking effect from 2020.

2019-21 – Article 9 of Directive 2010/31/EU for new buildings to be ‘Nearly Zero Energy’ applies – proposal is to investigate and address through review of building regulations.

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