All new homes could be built to Passivhaus standard under proposed legislation
A Scottish Labour MSP is to launch a consultation on legislation that would see all new-build housing meet the internationally recognised ‘Passivhaus’ standard.
Fife MSP Alex Rowley is drawing up a proposal for a private member’s bill that would see all new housing constructed in Scotland built with high performing materials, using a construction method that would ensure greater levels of energy efficiency, lower energy bills and alleviate fuel poverty. It would also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Commenting on the proposal, Mr Rowley said: “We are experiencing a perfect storm where Scotland has not met its greenhouse gas emissions targets and the rise in gas prices is expected to plunge another 150,000 Scots into fuel poverty. Delay and dither will further exacerbate the climate crisis and leave too of our fellow citizens struggling to heat their homes.
“My proposal is a straightforward one - we should ensure that we future proof all new-build homes by constructing them to the highest possible energy efficiency standards. Adopting the Passivhaus standard for all new housing would not only deliver better housing and improved energy efficiency, it would also create new skilled jobs and economic benefit.
“The Scottish Parliament has the power to do so, we should get on and do it. I hope there will be cross-party support for this bill.”
Passivhaus developments have been built across the UK. Kingdom Housing Association has secured planning permission to build 30 homes in Gauldry, Fife, and 15 affordable Passivhaus homes have been approved at Drymen by Hanover Scotland.