Monday, 30 September 2013

Building Regulations Scotland, Energy Standards

The Scottish Government have made an announcement regarding the next set of energy standards within Scottish building regulations.  The Minister for Planning, Derek Mackay, has advised that the revised standards, to be introduced from October 2015, will deliver a 21% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from new homes and a 43% reduction in emissions from new non-domestic buildings.

The revisions have been deferred until October 2015 to enable industry and government to use the additional time in support of successful delivery of the new standards.

The deferral has already been welcomed by some within the industry.  Philip Hogg, Chief Executive of Homes for Scotland said:

“With the Scottish home building industry still striving to overcome the severe impact of the economic downturn, our members will welcome the additional time that has been given before the change in energy standards.”

"This will provide some much needed assistance to engendering a sustainable recovery.”

The announcement follows both analysis of consultation responses and information from the reconvened Sullivan Report expert panel.  The revised standards are to be broadly as consulted upon.

To take forward the technical aspects of the review the Departmental Working Group is to be reconvened to review the range of issues flagged by consultees. Once the final Working Group meeting has been held, and further consideration given by Scottish Ministers, both the consultation and Scottish Government response will be published. The intention is that the publication of this document will be in early November. An update on the proposed programme for implementation of the new standards will then be issued.

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