Goal: Adopt and implement clear and future-proofed quality standards for assessing the carbon impacts of all buildings public and private using EnerPhit/Passivhaus standards (as a minimum) and integrating whole life carbon costs, environmental impact and operational carbon emissions. – 97%


Passivhaus Standards for New Build: Update building standards to ensure that, within the next 5 years, all new housing is built to Passivhaus standards (or an agreed Scottish equivalent), to create healthy homes for people while also taking into account whole life carbon costs and environmental impact. – 97%

Planning Decisions Consider Climate: Local authorities and planning departments need to ensure carbon sequestration, wellbeing, adaptation to manage extreme weather risk, and biodiversity are all considered in planning decisions for urban areas and buildings. – 97%

Building Standards Non Residential: Within the next five years, update Building Standards Regulations to make it mandatory to apply EnerPhit/Passivhaus standards (or agreed Scottish equivalent), with an assessment of whole life/embodied carbon costs and the environmental impact of the materials used in construction, to all work on new and existing non-residential buildings. – 96%

Building Design for Recycling and Reuse: Introduce appropriate legislation that requires all new buildings to be designed from the outset using techniques that enable demountability, disassembly, material recycling and reuse at end of life. – 95%

New Environmental Impact Assessments: Within the next five years, introduce a new environmental impact assessment for existing and new homes which adapts SAP/EPCs to measure all aspects of sustainability - combining energy efficiency measures; whole life/embodied carbon costs; and the environmental impact of the materials used in construction. This should also be used in the assessment of Council Tax bands. – 90%

Children’s Parliament: Make sure new houses are built to be environmentally-friendly. This would involve making them energy efficient. Children’s Parliament: Make using only smokeless fuel a law in Scotland.

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David G, Assembly Member

“I was most proud that 97% of the members of the Climate Assembly voted to support our recommendation that, in order to substantially reduce their carbon footprint, all buildings in Scotland must meet international standards; new buildings to Passivhaus standard and all existing buildings must be upgraded to EnerPHit standard. This will result in buildings that are more comfortable, have a longer life, with lower running costs and are warmer in winter and cooler in summer.”