New build heat standard consultation: part II

Closed 20 Oct 2022

Opened 28 Jul 2022


We are developing regulations which will, from 1 April 2024, prohibit the use of direct emissions heating systems in new buildings: both domestic and non-domestic.

We are now in a position to provide further details on our intention to regulate heating systems in new buildings, and we are seeking stakeholder views on a number of key issues relating to these proposals.

Why your views matter

This consultation has been developed using feedback received from responses to the initial Scoping Consultation in 2020-21, alongside findings from a number of independent research projects commissioned to support the development of the New Build Heat Standard.

The introduction of the New Build Heat Standard will signal a significant shift away from what has long been considered ‘business as usual’, with an increased deployment in systems which are considered to be ‘zero direct emissions heating’ technologies: paving the way for the introduction of similar requirements in existing buildings from 2025 onwards. As a result, the Scottish Government is using this opportunity to formally seek views from all stakeholders on a number of key issues to ensure that regulations, to come into force from 1 April 2024, are effective and deliver the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions needed.

Read the consultation paper

What happens next

All responses will be reviewed, and will be used to inform the development of the New Build Heat Standard to come into force from 1 April 2024.


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