Home buyers face having to pay up to £8,000 more per new property under green targets imposed by the Scottish Government, the construction industry has warned.
Regulations unveiled yesterday will massively increase building costs as housing developers struggle to reduce carbon emissions, according to the UK industry body, the Home Builders Federation.
Homes for Scotland, the umbrella organisation representing Scottish builders, warned that the new rules threaten further slow-down in delivery of much needed homes.
The regulations will be phased in from October 1 on all new properties, which will have to be 30% more efficient in terms of carbon emissions than they were in 2007, and 70% greener than 1990 levels. This will require greater insulation and a higher standard of roofing, doors and windows, bumping up the cost to buyers.
Further regulations are anticipated by the housing industry, with construction firms bracing themselves for a target of 60% on 2007 levels by 2013.
Stewart Dalgarno, director of product development at home builder Stewart Milne, said the initial target would add an extra £2,500 to £3,000 on to the cost of building a three-bedroom house. Homes for Scotland warned it could be as high as £8,000 in total after renewable energy bolt-ons are added, the equivalent of an extra 6% on top of the average Glasgow house price of £135,000.
John Cassie, regional chairman of Persimmon Homes and Charles Church in Scotland, said it had lobbied ministers to delay the rule change until the housing market had recovered.