All new homes in Scotland to be built to Passivhaus standard, ministers confirm

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All new build homes in Scotland will have to be built to the equivalent of Passivhaus standard, Scottish government ministers have confirmed.

Homes built to Passivhaus level meet high standards of airtightness, insulation and energy efficiency, however the Scottish government has confirmed it is introducing its own 'Passivhaus equivalent' rather than using existing Passivhaus certification.

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Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.