Following the publication of ‘A low carbon building standards strategy for Scotland’ (2007) the Scottish government has set out the timescale for how future energy efficiency regulations are to change:
From October 2010, your new home requires a 30% improvement in energy efficiency and CO2 emissions.
From 2013, a 50% improvement in terms of energy efficiency & CO2 emissions will be implemented.
From 2016, all new dwellings will need to be net ‘zero carbon homes’.
The new energy efficiency regulations which will came into force in October 2010, require a strategic approach to energy efficient dwelling design, with particular emphasis on:
Improved levels of fabric insulation in walls, floors and roofs.
Make the building fabric airtight
Reduced thermal bridging heat losses at junctions between elements.
Once a dwelling is airtight, it is necessary to provide a designed ventilation system that ensures the best levels of overall energy efficiency, such as ventilation devices incorporating Heat Recovery features.
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