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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12770: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recommendation in A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland that it should have been introduced in 2016-17, when it will set the date for the delivery of net zero-carbon new buildings.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 27 November 2017

At this point, the Scottish Government have no plans to set a date for the delivery of net zero carbon new buildings.

The 2013 Update to the Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy acknowledged that delivery of net zero carbon new buildings may not be practical, as indicated by research carried out by the Zero Carbon Hub. This aligns with the 2007 Sullivan panel recommendation for “Net zero carbon buildings by 2016-2017, if practical”.

As a consequence, the recommendation within the 2013 Update called for investigation of the potential for ‘Allowable Solutions’ to deliver a ‘net zero carbon standard’ for new development. ‘Allowable Solutions’ – a mechanism by which remaining building emissions could be offset through measures unrelated to the building - will be considered in the forthcoming review of the energy standards in building regulations which will commence in early 2018.