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Scotland mandates Passivhaus equivalent legislation

On 10 January 2023 the Scottish Government announced plans to introduce new minimum environmental design standards for all new build housing to meet a Scottish equivalent to the Passivhaus standard.

I’m pleased to confirm to Parliament that we will be bringing forward changes to building standards that will deliver a further step-change in energy performance of new buildings in Scotland. And so, as required under Rule 9.14.13 and 13A of standing orders, I can confirm that the Scottish Government will make subordinate legislation within two years to introduce new minimum environmental design standards for all new build housing to meet a Scottish equivalent to the Passivhaus standard, in order to improve energy efficiency and thermal performance. Our subordinate legislation will give effect to Mr Rowley's final proposal for Domestic Building Environmental Standards (Scotland) Bill.

Patrick Harvie, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights,  Scottish Government



It is fantastic to hear the Scottish Government has committed to bringing forward a Bill requiring higher energy-efficiency standards in domestic buildings, which also recognises the need to assure occupants that the design and construction of these buildings will deliver the actual performance sought in practice. 

Statements including “a Scottish equivalent to the Passivhaus standard” and “explicit support for Passivhaus and equivalent standards” fill us with hope. As well as providing energy security and reduced heating bills, an enhanced Scottish Building Standard offers a chance to also improve occupant comfort and indoor air quality.

It is a truly forward-thinking approach by the Scottish Government and a positive response to the 2021 Scottish Climate Assembly recommendations. They are to be applauded for taking this crucial step towards meeting their Net Zero/ Climate Emergency goals. Now we must ensure that the Bill is well developed and implemented to deliver the greatest impact on the actual performance of new homes in Scotland.

Jon Bootland, CEO, Passivhaus Trust


Further information

Full transcript from Scottish Parliament

Proposed Domestic Building Environmental Standards (Scotland) Bill

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Previous PHT story: Success for Passivhaus equivalent Scottish Bill - 19 December 2022

Previous PHT story: Scotland the brave! - 25 November 2022

Previous PHT story: Local Passivhaus policies - 6 May 2022

The Construction Index: Scotland to mandate Passivhaus standard for all new housing - 20 December 2022

Scottish Construction Now: Government agrees to progress legislation for mandatory new-build Passivhaus standard - 19 December 2022

The Herald: Scottish Government to adopt Labour MSP's Passivhaus Bill - 16 December 2022

11th January 2023

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