New buildings in Scotland are set to be more energy efficient following changes to the standards announced by the Scottish Government.
Improvements to new homes from October 2015 are expected to cut carbon emissions by around 21% compared to current levels while new non-domestic buildings such as shops and offices will have an average reduction of around 43%.
Minister for Planning Derek Mackay said the new measures are “vital” to drive Scotland to a low carbon economy.
He added: “Over the last year I have met with many representatives from the house building and construction industry. Today’s announcement is made well in advance of improvements coming into effect, to give plenty of time to prepare for the changes.
“I’m now giving industry the certainty they asked for and importantly, an extra transitional two years preparatory period, a total of five years without change. This also provides a valuable period in which industry and government can work together to successfully deliver the improved standards.”
Earlier this year the UK Government also set standards for new buildings in England, with a target to build only zero carbon homes from 2016.