Regulation of energy efficiency in existing non-domestic buildings: call for evidence

Closes 21 Feb 2022

Opened 6 Dec 2021


The Heat in Buildings Strategy confirms that the Scottish Government will develop a new regulatory framework for zero emissions heating and energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings by 2025.

The framework will build on the Scottish Government’s existing commitments to extend regulation to improve energy efficiency and, where possible within our legal competence, to require the adoption of zero emissions heating systems. The aim is to ensure that all non-domestic buildings are energy efficient and use zero emissions heating and cooling systems by 2045.

Read the consultation paper.

Why your views matter

This Call for Evidence is seeking evidence of existing approaches (regulatory or non-regulatory schemes & programmes) to improve the energy efficiency and drive the conversion of non-domestic buildings to zero emissions heating sources. We are seeking examples which can operate at the level of individual buildings, building groups or regions.

Evidence presented should not be limited to the United Kingdom. We would also welcome evidence related to regulations which are applied to the energy systems operating in buildings but which are not directly related to CO2e emissions. Evidence presented should include approaches which are considered both successful and unsuccessful.

This Call for Evidence is not seeking evidence relating to:

  • the regulation of energy efficiency or zero emissions heating associated with buildings which are used wholly for domestic residential purposes.
  • Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies
  • Building Assessment Reports as required by the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021.
  • the proposed 2024 zero emissions heat standard for new non-domestic buildings.
  • the proposed 2038 target for zero emissions heat for public sector buildings.
  • support and funding programmes for decarbonising non-domestic buildings.

This Call for Evidence is the first stage is developing a new regulatory framework for energy efficiency and zero emission heat in non-domestic buildings. A formal public consultation on our detailed proposals for regulation in Scotland will be carried out in 2022.


  • Environment and Climate Change