Scottish Building Regulations: Review of Energy Standards - Common Weal Consultation Response


This report forms Common Weal’s response to the first stage of the Scottish government's review of building energy standards and is part of our ongoing work on energy and housing policy.

We argue that the Scottish government should introduce passive standards for new buildings in Scotland while existing buildings should be retrofitted to the maximum technically feasible energy standard. A comparison of the heating requirements of existing buildings with buildings built to passive standards demonstrates how these measures could lead to a significant reduction in energy use and energy costs, helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions and alleviate fuel poverty.