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.


1 Towards an Industry for Green Heat: heat in buildings supply chains delivery plan - (

2 Scottish Government’s Equality Evidence Finder

3 New Build Heat Standard: consultation - part two - (

4 Refer to Definitions of Protected Characteristics document for information on the characteristics

5 Gender differences in thermal comfort and use of thermostats in everyday thermal environments, Building and Environment (2007)

6 Energy consumption in buildings and female thermal demand, Nature Climate Change (2015)

7 In respect of this protected characteristic, a body subject to the Public Sector Equality Duty (which includes Scottish Government) only needs to comply with the first need of the duty (to eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010) and only in relation to work. This is because the parts of the Act covering services and public functions, premises, education etc. do not apply to that protected characteristic. Equality impact assessment within the Scottish Government does not require assessment against the protected characteristic of Marriage and Civil Partnership unless the policy or practice relates to work, for example HR policies and practices.

8 See EQIA – Setting the Scene for further information on the legislation.



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