New Build Heat Standard: scoping consultation

We are committed to ensuring that, from 2024, new buildings must use heating systems which produce zero direct emissions at the point of use. We are currently developing our New Build Heat Standard to achieve this, and this scoping consultation sets out our initial vision.

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6 Energy Efficient Scotland: Route Map, the Scottish Government, May 2018.

7 Cleaning the Air: The Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy, Mayor of London, December 2010.

8 In this context, work that constitutes a ‘conversion’ would be defined by Regulation 4 and Schedule 2 of The Building (Scotland) Regulations) 2004, as amended.

9 With a focus on ‘Scope 1’ direct greenhouse gas emissions (i.e. emissions that ‘occur from sources that are owned or controlled by the company’ or building owner), as set out within the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Greenhouse Gas Protocol (2004)


11 Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill: Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA), the Scottish Government, 3 March.

12 The Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill would enable local authorities or the Scottish Ministers to designate an area as particularly suitable for the development of district or communal heating. The process for identifying Heat Network Zones will be set by subsequent regulations but, as a minimum, the Bill requires consideration to be given to the local presence of: buildings with large-scale heat demand; waste heat sources; constrained renewable generation; or other infrastructure.

13 The London Plan, The Mayor of London, March 2016.

14 In May 2019, the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands invited stakeholders to form the Heat Networks Regulation Working Group. The remit of the Group was to support the preparation of legislation by advising on a regulatory framework for heat networks.

15 Interim Recommendations Report, the Heat Networks Regulation Working Group, 3 December 2019.



18 Further detail on how a developer may evidence that connection to an existing heat network is not an effective solution to meeting the Standard will be developed alongside this proposal. However, for illustration, examples may be where unreasonable costs have been quoted by the Heat Network Permit Holder or where the costs to connect the building would result in excessive increased costs for other users of the heat network.










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