Scottish Building Regulations: Proposed changes to Energy Standards and associated topics, including Ventilation, Overheating and Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Closed 28 Nov 2021

Opened 26 Jul 2021

Overview

Scottish building regulations set minimum standards applicable to new buildings and to new work to existing buildings.

Our recent draft Heat in Buildings Strategy sets out our vision for decarbonising heat and reducing energy demand across all buildings in Scotland, setting out the scale of the investment opportunity and supporting our green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Following review in 2007, 2010 and most recently in 2015, these new proposals for the review of energy standards set through building regulations seek to deliver further improvement to the energy efficiency of new buildings and new building work, in line with our wider net zero ambitions.

Proposals (for mid-2022) will also address consequential changes to ventilation provision arising from improved energy standards, set out plans for assessment and mitigation of overheating risk in new dwellings and residential buildings, improve compliance with energy standards and seek views on separate proposals (for later implementation) for electric vehicle charging provision in new buildings and those subject to major renovation.

Seven draft guidance documents are issued in support of this consultation.  These can be downloaded via links within the consultation document or via the links provided below.

Why your views matter

Options for further improvement in our energy standards have been developed, in 2020 and 2021, through research and with the support and input of a working group of key industry stakeholders.

However, changes to our standards and supporting guidance apply at a national level to all development work across Scotland. The effect of a step change in the level of ambition for energy performance in construction is likely to be significant in some areas.

We therefore seek your views and evidence of the challenges and opportunities that are likely to be experienced as we look to reflect current good practice in the setting of minimum standards for new building work and introduce further changes which will support the broader intent to introduce a 2024 New Build Heat Standard.

We are also seperately seeking views on our proposals for the installation of electric vehicle charge points in parking spaces for new residential buildings and new and existing non-residential buildings.

Read the consultation paper.

Updates

Consultation versions of the iSAP and iSBEM calculation tools are now available at https://scotland.isap.org.uk/ and https://www.uk-ncm.org.uk/page.jsp?id=31.

The consultation period has also been further extended. Consultation now closes on 26 November 2021. Update - online submission of responses can be made until 23:59 on Sunday 28th November.

A summary Q&A and clarifications document compiled from the recent series of consultation webinars is now published.

Q&A webinar sessions

Session 1: Energy, all buildings
Tuesday 14 September 2021 14:00 - 15:00 - please click here to register.

Session 2: Improving and Demonstrating Compliance
Thursday 16 September 2021 11:00 - 12:00 - please click
here to register.

Session 3: Ventilation and Overheating Risk
Tuesday 21 September 2021 14:00 - 15:00 - please click
here to register.

Session 4: Energy, new buildings - Domestic
Thursday 23 September 2021 11:00 - 12:00 - please click
here to register.

Session 5: Energy, new buildings - Domestic
Tuesday 28 September 2021 11:00 - 12:00 - please click
here to register.

Session 6: Energy new buildings - Non-domestic
Thursday 30 September 2021 14:00 - 15:00 - please click
here to register.

Session 7: Rural and remote communities
Tuesday 5 October 2021 11:00 - 12:00 - please click
here to register.

What happens next

Following analysis of consultation responses, recommendations will be made to Scottish Ministers on relevant changes to current standards and guidance within building regulations.

It is intended that any such changes will be confirmed and published in early 2022 and implemented in summer 2022. 

Events

  • Webinar: Electric Vehicle Charge Points for Buildings – Policy Context

    From 17 Aug 2021 at 10:00 to 17 Aug 2021 at 11:30

    The Scottish Government is seeking views on the requirements we intend to set out in legislation and supporting guidance for the installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points and enabling infrastructure in residential and non-residential buildings.

    This event will provide opportunities for people to come together to discuss the proposed policy options in more detail and to identify and discuss the practical implications of each.

    Please click on the related link below to register your attendance.

  • Webinar: Electric Vehicle Charge Points for Buildings – Technical Session 1

    From 24 Aug 2021 at 10:00 to 24 Aug 2021 at 12:00

    The Scottish Government is seeking views on the requirements we intend to set out in legislation and supporting guidance for the installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points and enabling infrastructure in residential and non-residential buildings.

    This event will provide opportunities for people to come together to discuss the proposed policy options in more detail and to identify and discuss the practical implications of each.

    Please click on the related link below to register your attendance.

  • Webinar: Electric Vehicle Charge Points for Buildings – Accessibility

    From 31 Aug 2021 at 10:00 to 31 Aug 2021 at 11:30

    The Scottish Government is seeking views on the requirements we intend to set out in legislation and supporting guidance for the installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points and enabling infrastructure in residential and non-residential buildings.

    This event will provide opportunities for people to come together to discuss the proposed policy option for accessible parking spaces in more detail and to identify and discuss its practical implication.

    Please click on the related link below to register your attendance.

  • Webinar: Electric Vehicle Charge Points for Buildings – Islands

    From 2 Sep 2021 at 10:00 to 2 Sep 2021 at 11:30

    The Scottish Government is seeking views on the requirements we intend to set out in legislation and supporting guidance for the installation of Electric Vehicle charge points and enabling infrastructure in residential and non-residential buildings.

    This event will provide opportunities for people to come together to discuss the proposed policy options in more detail and to identify and discuss the practical implications of those proposals for the Scottish islands.

    Please click on the related link below to register your attendance.

  • Webinar: Electric Vehicle Charge Points for Buildings – Technical Session 2

    From 21 Sep 2021 at 10:00 to 21 Sep 2021 at 12:00

    The Scottish Government is seeking views on the requirements we intend to set out in legislation and supporting guidance for the installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points and enabling infrastructure in residential and non-residential buildings.

    This event will provide opportunities for people to come together to discuss the proposed policy options in more detail and to identify and discuss the practical implications of each.

    Please click on the related link below to register your attendance.

Interests

  • Business, Industry and Innovation
  • Building and Planning