Greener buildings

Written on 11/12/2012 12:13:40

Scottish Government News

Planning Minister Derek Mackay today announced a consultation on proposals to make new Scottish buildings even more energy efficient.

New homes could reduce their carbon emissions by around a further 20 per cent and new non-domestic buildings by up to 40 per cent beyond current standards, according to research undertaken by the Scottish Government. Energy specialists and industry have also been involved in making recommendations to Ministers.

The proposals would reduce carbon emissions for new homes by around 75 per cent compared to the standards that existed in 1990 and cut fuel bills for families and businesses.

The consultation, which will be launched in January next year, will seek views on the proposed new levels for emissions reduction and the way to deliver the standards. The intention is to introduce these standards at the beginning of 2014. The consultation follows the 2007 Sullivan Report – “A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland”, but also recognises that Scotland is currently in different economic circumstances.

Planning Minister Derek Mackay said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to reducing Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions and building standards have a vital role to play in this.

“But in these challenging economic times, it is important to strike a balance between making our buildings greener and increasing the burden on the construction industry.

“These proposals maintain the Scottish Government’s commitment to ambitious emissions reductions, but will limit the impact on both industry and on the cost of new homes at this time. Beyond this consultation, we will look at other options for making emissions reductions which are comparable with The Sullivan Report aspirations for new buildings. To assist in this, I intend to reconvene the Sullivan panel next year.”

Lynne Sullivan, Architect and chair of the Expert Panel that produced the 2007 report 'A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland' said:

"The construction industry is still experiencing uniquely difficult times that were not envisaged when the Expert Panel produced our original report. The Minister for Local Government and Planning has shown strong leadership, proposing greenhouse gas emissions reductions that strike a good balance between delivering on climate change mitigation and being achievable for industry. I am delighted to be asked to chair the reconvened Expert Panel and to update our advice on how best the Scottish Government can deliver further emissions reductions."

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