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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-08489
Asked by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 12 May 2022 Registered interest


To ask the Scottish Government whether fabric efficiency regulations will require compliance at specified points in the building lifecycle, including (a) sale, (b) re-let, (c) major renovation, (d) conversion and (e) extension.

Current status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 23 May 2022


The Heat in Buildings Strategy (7 October 2021), committed to introducing primary legislation in the current session of the Scottish Parliament that would set a regulatory framework for heat and energy efficiency, as a key action to meeting Scotland’s statutory climate change targets.

This strategy proposes to introduce minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented, owner-occupied and social housing. Regulations are proposed to be introduced that will require all properties to meet a minimum standard equivalent to EPC C by 2033.

Subject to consultation, the Scottish Government is proposing that compliance with the standard may be required at a variety of trigger points, including following the completion of a sale and after the change of a tenancy (for private rented sector properties), where installation of energy efficiency measures is technically-feasible and cost-effective.

The Scottish Government will consult publicly on these proposals within the coming year.

Buildings which are the subject of a conversion, as defined under building regulations, are already required to meet current building standards, to the extent this is reasonably practicable.