Last reviewed 26 October 2021

The Scottish Government has published its Heat in Buildings Strategy, which sets out the pathway for cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from homes and buildings across the country by more than two-thirds by 2030.

They currently account for about a fifth of Scotland’s emissions.

Available at, the strategy will require over a million homes and the equivalent of 50,000 non-domestic buildings to convert to zero emissions heat by 2030.

Zero Carbon Buildings Minister Patrick Harvie said: “It is essential that homes and buildings achieve a good standard of energy efficiency and by 2033 we want to see all homes meeting at least an EPC band C standard where feasible and cost effective.”

This will help ensure energy costs in future are affordable, he went on, and that the Government’s actions continue to remove poor energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty.

The publication was welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders with the FMB Scotland Director Gordon Nelson highlighting that it comes just before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26).

"It is right that a fabric first approach will be taken and that local, small building firms are ideally placed to deliver the appropriate green upgrades to homes across Scotland”, he said. “We also need energy retrofit measures to be integrated into every appropriate home improvement project.”