Scottish Government revamps energy efficiency standards for new buildings

In a bid to make every new building in Scotland more energy efficient, the Scottish Government has announced several changes to the standards, a media news report has revealed.

Improvements to new homes from October 2015 are expected to cut carbon emissions by around 21% compared to current levels while new non-domestic buildings such as shops and offices will have an average reduction of around 43%.

Scottish Minister for Planning, Mr. Derek Mackay, said that the new set of measures is vital for turning Scotland into a real 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” Mr. Mackay concluded.

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