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Question reference: S6W-05871

  • Asked by: Alex Rowley, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: 25 January 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 2 February 2022


To ask the Scottish Government for what reasons it has stated that it will not take forward the recommendation of the Climate Assembly to adopt Passivhaus standards for newbuild housing.


The Climate Assembly recommended adoption of Passivhaus standards (or an agreed Scottish Equivalent) within the next five years.

Our response to the recommendation agrees with the need for review of regulation to further improve energy and environmental standards for new homes. It noted the relevance of the current review of Scottish building regulations, due to be completed this year. It provides an assurance that the outcome sought by the recommendation will be reported on, as part of the current review of standards.

Further work to consider the performance and processes of Passivhaus and similar standards is planned over the next few months, in support of the ongoing review of Scottish building regulations.

The members of Scotland’s Climate Assembly met for an eighth and final weekend on 5 and 6 February. Ministers intend to make a Parliamentary Statement on the Assembly later this month.