New Build Heat Standard: scoping consultation

Closed 3 Mar 2021

Opened 9 Dec 2020

Feedback updated 7 Oct 2021

We asked

We sought views on high-level proposals for the introduction of regulations which would require new homes, consented from 2024, to only use heating systems which produced zero direct greenhouse gas emissions (at the point of use) through an initial scoping consultation. This public consultation took place between 9 December 2020 and 3 March 2021.

We also asked for people’s views on a number of key outcomes to be achieved in this transition to zero direct emissions heating within new builds, as well as the challenges these proposals presented for industry and consumers alike.

We also held a number of online, themed workshops during the consultation period, to give stakeholders an opportunity to raise their thoughts directly with us. These focussed on the themes of: consumers; business and industry; island communities; and the treatment of non-domestic buildings. 

You said

We received 92 responses to the consultation, of which 83 were from businesses and the public sector – with the remaining 9 from individuals. Responses were received from a variety of different organisations and interest groups, including local authorities, housing developers and trade bodies representing the energy sector.

We have published the responses received on where the respondent has given permission for us to do so. 

We did

Why Research were commissioned to undertake an independent analysis of responsesThe report presents the findings from the public consultation and explains the methodology that was used to analyse responses.

The responses received to the consultation were, generally, supportive of both our intentions to introduce regulations around zero direct emissions heating, as well as the key outcomes we hope to achieve in doing so.

The responses, together with the analysis report, will help to inform and shape the regulations which will be laid in the Scottish Parliament prior to taking effect from 2024. Before then, it is our intention to give stakeholders a further opportunity to input into the development of the regulations.

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that, from 2024, new buildings must use heating systems which produce zero direct emissions at the point of use.

We are currently developing our New Build Heat Standard to achieve this, and this initial Scoping Consultation aims to set out our high-level vision for the new Standard - which has been underpinned by a series of key outcomes.

Why your views matter

This Scoping Consultation has been developed with input from an independently co-chaired external working group. However, the shift to zero emissions heating will impact on a broad range of different stakeholders and groups across Scotland - which is why the Scottish Government is formally seeking views from all stakeholders to ensure that the New Build Heat Standard can deliver the key outcomes identified within this Scoping Consultation. 

Responses to the consultation will be used to inform the development of the Standard.

Read the consultation paper

What happens next

All responses will be reviewed, and will be used to inform the development of the Standard and the Technical Consultation paper - which we are aiming to publish in 2021.


  • New Build Heat Standard - Scoping Consultation: Business/ Industry Workshop

    From 15 Feb 2021 at 11:00 to 15 Feb 2021 at 13:00

  • New Build Heat Standard - Scoping Consultation: Consumers Workshop

    From 16 Feb 2021 at 11:00 to 16 Feb 2021 at 13:00

  • New Build Heat Standard - Scoping Consultation: Islands Workshop

    From 17 Feb 2021 at 14:00 to 17 Feb 2021 at 16:00


  • Energy