Scotland will mandate passive house standards for all new social housing starts by 2024

By Josh Niland
The Archinect
December 29, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

New legislation aimed at enacting a countrywide mandate for the use of passive house design standards in all new housing developments is gaining traction in Scotland after Labour MSP Alex Rowley’s bill was endorsed by the national government earlier this month. The new Domestic Building Environmental Standards (Scotland) Bill will now be fast-tracked through secondary legislation in order to be fully enacted by the end of 2024, according to a letter sent to Rowley by Scotland’s Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings Patrick Harvie. … The country’s first-ever passive house social housing development was recently completed in Stirlingshire and will be followed soon by a larger construction in Glasgow that will be ready in time for the first set of mandates to take effect in late-2023. Scotland has targeted 2045 as a deadline to make all its buildings net-zero, though Rowley has said he would like to see efforts move a little faster.

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