New Build Heat Standard 2024: equality impact assessment

Equality impact assessment (EQIA) considering the New Build Heat Standard (NBHS) proposals and implications of moving away from direct emissions heating systems in new buildings. Considering in detail the impacts and potential for increasing equality as a result of introducing these regulations.

Stage 4: Decision making and monitoring

Identifying and establishing any required mitigating action

Have positive or negative impacts been identified for any of the equality groups?


Is the policy directly or indirectly discriminatory under the Equality Act 2010[8]?


If the policy is indirectly discriminatory, how is it justified under the relevant legislation?


If not justified, what mitigating action will be undertaken?


Describing how Equality Impact analysis has shaped the policy making process

As previously mentioned, this policy has been developed with full regard for results from the Equality Impact analysis. Specific questions were included within the public consultation, and a public webinar – tailored to specifically consider equality issues – was held during this consultation process. Furthermore, Scottish Government officials attempted to reach out to a wide-range of key equality stakeholder groups.

Due to the findings contained within this record, no further changes were required to the policy itself, as no negative impacts were recorded.

Going through this process, we have taken steps to ensure that the policy does not have a negative impact on people and communities. As part of the wider-work on the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA), research commissioned identified there may be additional capital and operational costs associated with non-DEH technologies when compared to direct emissions heating system alternatives. However, this is being addressed within the accompanying BRIA and Fairer Scotland Duty (FSD) assessment.

Monitoring and Review

N/A - no equality issues were identified within this EQIA.



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