New guidelines issued by the Scottish government have been criticised by the construction industry after it was reported that they may cause an increase of £8,000 on construction costs.
The green building regulations ask for all properties to have better insulation to walls and floors, sound insulation and better doors and windows to keep the heat in. The regulations are part of the governments plans to reduce emissions by 30% from 2007 levels. These regulations will apply to all new buildings built from October 2010.
Jonathon Fair from Home For Scotland has said that the Scottish parliament needs to put its efforts into improving the carbon emissions caused by existing dwellings and that putting the onus on new homes builders will make the current housing crisis worse.