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New Energy and Carbon Standards: 2010

Important News for Approved Certifiers and Approved Bodies of Design

New Scottish buildings will soon be among the most carbon efficient in Europe.

New building standards for homes and non-domestic buildings will reduce carbon emissions by 30 per cent beyond current standards.

The moves, to be introduced in October next year by the Scottish Government, flow from the Sullivan Report which looked at ways to make homes and buildings more energy efficient.  The new standards will reduce carbon emissions, create jobs and could save many householders and businesses money.

The Scottish Government has recently announced its response to Sullivan with targets for energy and carbon buildings from 2010 onwards.  These changes were expected following the publication of the Sullivan Report in 2007 that recommended substantially reduced carbon emissions from buildings over 2010 (low carbon), 2013 (very low carbon), 2016 (zero carbon) and 2030 (net zero carbon). 

Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson said:

"Scotland is demonstrating global leadership in tackling climate change and creating a sustainable, low carbon economy."

"Our Climate Change Bill, the most demanding in the world, will set a mandatory target of reducing emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 - and we are already taking action."

"The Sullivan report recommended a 50 per cent reduction in carbon for non-domestic buildings in 2010 and I recognise there will be a cost associated with these improvements. In light of the economic situation, I have taken the view that a 30 per cent reduction is an appropriate level that strikes the right balance as we look to ensure our long term climate change targets are met."

There will be a detailed consultation this summer of 2009 on the best way to implement the new standards.  The role of building standards professionals will come under greater scrutiny, with a recognised need for greater skills and knowledge to deal with the assessment of not just building fabric, but a vast increase in low and zero carbon (or renewable) technologies.  The future of building control in the energy area is therefore likely to rely heavily on the use of Approved Certifiers of Design to assess compliance with the demanding carbon dioxide emission standards.

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