The Scottish Government is set to develop new regulations with the aim of cutting building emissions as close to zero as possible.
The move is part of the Government’s objectives to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions from new build homes. The project will run alongside a £30 million investment in renewable heat projects.
As part of a number of Scottish Government initiatives to help tackle the climate emergency, renewable and low carbon heating systems will also be phased in for non-domestic buildings. The new systems will be given the green light as of 2024 by the Government.
Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “Scotland is internationally recognised for its leadership on tackling climate change and for responding to the global climate emergency by setting an ambitious target to reach ‘net zero’ emissions by 2045.
“We have also set a challenging interim target of achieving a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030.
“It’s becoming increasingly clear that the pace of decarbonising Scotland’s domestic and non-domestic buildings has to increase significantly to achieve those aims, and emissions from our buildings will have to fall close to zero.
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“We will ensure that new homes and buildings across Scotland meet the challenge of the climate emergency, combining the action we need to take on climate change with our ambition to provide affordable, warm homes.”
In addition to the new regulations, the Scottish Government is also reviewing the energy standards which are included in building regulations. A new legally binding standard for home energy efficiency from 2024 onwards is being proposed to help tackle climate change and eradicate fuel poverty.