Minister for Planning, Derek Mackay has announced that from October 2015, improvement to new homes will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 21% when compared to the current levels.
These measures will also affect new non-domestic buildings such as shops and offices where the improvement will be greater with an average reduction in emissions of around 43%.
The Scottish Government consulted on proposed changes at the start of 2013 and considered advice from the reconvened Sullivan Report expert panel.
Mr Mackay said:
"These new measures will help Scotland become greener, a vital step in our drive to a low carbon economy.
“Over the last year I have met with many representatives from the house building and construction industry. Today’s announcement is made well in advance of improvements coming into effect, to give plenty of time to prepare for the changes.
“I’m now giving industry the certainty they asked for and importantly, an extra transitional two years preparatory period, a total of five years without change.
“This also provides a valuable period in which industry and government can work together to successfully deliver the improved standards.”