Homes that don't cost the earth: a consultation on Scotland's Sustainable Housing Strategy

This consultation paper sets out our vision for a housing sector that helps to establish a successful low carbon economy across Scotland.

How to respond to this consultation paper

We invite written responses to this consultation by Friday, 28 September.

This consultation, and all other Scottish Government consultation exercises, can be viewed online on the consultation web pages of the Scottish Government website at

How to respond

We would be grateful if you could use the Respondent Information Form and Consultation Questionnaire provided for your response, or clearly indicate which questions or parts of the consultation paper you are responding to. This will aid our analysis of the responses received.

In any case you must complete the Respondent Information section of the questionnaire (pages 1-2) and return it to us with your response (please see 'handling your response' below).

The form is published as a Word document under 'other downloadable documents'. You can download it from the website and save it on your computer (click 'File – Save as – and give it a new name). The response boxes can be expanded to fit your answer.

Please send your response to:

Or by post to:

Scottish Government
Housing Sustainability and  Innovative Finance
Area 1-J South, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Handling your response

We need to know how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be made public. Your completed Respondent Information Form, which forms part of the consultation questionnaire, will help us to treat your response appropriately. If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential and we will treat it accordingly.

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and so would have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

Next steps in the process

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public in the Scottish Government Library by 19 October and on the Scottish Government consultation web pages by 26 October 2012. You can make arrangements to view responses by contacting the SG Library on 0131 244 4552. Responses can be copied and sent to you, but a charge may be made for this service.

What happens next ?

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us prepare a final Sustainable Housing Strategy for Scotland. We aim to issue a report on this consultation process in December 2012.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to:

Or write to us at:

Scottish Government
Housing Sustainability and Innovative Finance
Area 1-J South, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ
Tel: 0131 244 5528

Other Scottish Government consultations

The Scottish Government has an email alert system for consultations, This system allows individuals and organisations to register and receive a weekly email containing details of all new consultations. This is designed to allow you to keep up to date with all our consultation activity and therefore be alerted at the earliest opportunity to those of most interest. We would encourage you to register.


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