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The latest information updates from Building Standards are available below and from the 'Related Downloads' link on this page.

Should you require any further information regarding any items below or encounter any difficulty accessing the documents , please do not hesitate to contact the Building Standards office by email or by phoning 01856873535 extension 2729.

13.07.2017

Changes to Legislation and Guidance Building (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 (SSI 2017 No.188) (as amended by SSI 2017 No. 214)

Comes into force on 1 July 2017

The amendments include changes to building, fees, procedures and forms regulations:

  • The Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
  • The Building (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
  • The Building (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
  • The Building (Forms) (Scotland) Regulations 2005.

Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004

New description of building or work that does not require a building warrant under regulation 5. New type 23A in schedule 3 to regulation 5, and in regulation 9, covers detached single-storey buildings used for shelter or sleeping in connection with recreation, subject to a number of limitations. This is as a result of SG working with Reforesting Scotland in response to the “Thousand Huts” campaign.

Building (Fees) Scotland) Regulations 2004

Increases to building warrant related fees including demolitions, conversions, work started or completed without a building warrant, and extending the duration of a building warrant. (Part 1 and Part 2 of the schedule in the fees regulations).

Increases to discounts for providing a certificate from an approved certifier of design or approved certifier of construction. Discounts are fixed amounts for estimated values of work not exceeding £100,000 and percentages for estimated values of work exceeding £100,000. (Part 3 and Part 4 of the schedule in the fees regulations).

Changes allowing the warrant fee to be discounted when the applicant advises in writing that they intend to submit a certificate of design after they have made their application but before the warrant is granted.

Building (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004   

Changes to recognise the digitisation of building warrant and completion certificate processes.

Building (Forms) (Scotland) Regulations 2005

Changes to recognise the digitisation of building warrant and completion certificate processes.

Changes to recognise the changes to fees regulations for discounts for certificates of design.

For more information refer to the Procedural Handbook and for details of the amendment regulations see SSI 2017 No. 188 and SSI 2017 No. 2014 by following the link at the end of this information note.

Technical Handbooks 2017 (revised and published 1 July 2017)

Updates to the Technical Handbooks (Domestic and Non-Domestic) have been published - 1 July 2017. The changes include:

  • A new building type 23A in schedule 3 to regulation 5 and in regulation 9 in Section 0, General minor updates and corrections.

Technical Handbooks and Key Supporting Guidance and a Summary of the 2017 Changes can be accessed at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/Building/Building-standards

30.06.2017

Building Warrant Fees

Scottish Ministers advised all local authority verifiers on 29 June 2017 that the planned changes to building warrant fees will apply from 1 July 2017.

Consequently charges for all building warrant related applications received on or after 1 July 2017 will be calculated in accordance with the revised Fees table.

Changes include:

Increases to building warrant related fixed fees and incremental fee steps relating to the estimated value of the work.  Includes demolitions, conversions, work started or completed without a building warrant, and extending the duration of a building warrant.

Increases to discounts for providing a certificate from an approved certifier of design or approved certifier of construction. Discounts are fixed amounts for estimated values of work not exceeding £100,000 and percentages for estimated values of work exceeding £100,000.

Changes to allow the warrant fee to be discounted when the applicant advises in writing that they intend to submit a certificate of design after they have made their building warrant application and before the warrant is granted.

The revised Fee Table is available in Section 3.14 of the Procedural Handbook which can be found in the "Related Sites" section of this page. Should you require any further information or clarification regarding building warrant fees please do not hesitate to contact the Building Standards office, by telephoning 01856873535 extension 2729, or by email.

21.2.2017

Fire Safety Design Summary Template

The Fire Safety Design Summary Template on the Building Standards Division website has been updated following comments received from external stakeholders.

The change now requires the summary to be signed by the relevant person/duly authorised agent. Fire Safety Design Summary information including templates, can be downloaded from the ‘Related Sites' section of this page.

03.02.2017

Newsletter 3

The latest newsletter can be downloaded from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.It has been provided as a fully web accessible document.

07.12.2016

eBuilding Standards Update

The latest eBuilding Standards Update Newsletter is now available as a PDF document from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

31.03. 2016

Fees for Building Standards services set by Orkney Islands Council are subject to increase at 1 April 2016.

The latest fees for services are available on the Council Charges page available from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

04.12.2015

Newsletter 2

The latest newsletter can be downloaded from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.It has been provided as a fully web accessible document.

20.08.2015

Building Warrant Validation – Procedural Check

With the 2015 changes to Technical Handbooks coming into effect on 1 October 2015 it is extremely important that verifiers ensure applicants are not prematurely submitting substantially incomplete applications to avoid the incoming legislation and guidance.

Full information is available in the 'Building Warrant Validation – Procedural Check' document available in PDF format from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

31.03.2015

Fees for Building Standards services set by Orkney Islands Council are subject to increase at 1 April 2015

The latest fees for services are available on the Council Charges page available from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

Airtightness Testing of New Buildings – Evidence of Competence of Testers Industry changes from 1 January 2015

Guidance to standard 6.2 notes that “Testing should be carried out by persons who can demonstrate relevant, recognised expertise in measuring the air permeability of buildings. This should include membership of a professional organisation which accredits its members as competent to test and confirm the results of testing”.

The British Institute of Non-destructive testing (BINDT) closed its airtightness testing scheme as of 31 December 2014. A new registration scheme, operated by The Air Tightness Testing and Measuring Association (ATTMA) is now in operation.

Implications for verifiers and applicants:

  • From 1 January 2015, recognition of competence of air tightness testers within building regulations will be on the basis of their registering organisation implementing requirements for Minimum Technical Competency and application of the new UK National Occupational Standards for Air Tightness Testing.
  • Each registering organisation will publish and maintain a list of current individuals/organisations registered to undertake air tightness testing and the categories of buildings they are registered to test.
  • As identified in the UK NOS (ASTATT3), the basic category of tester under new registration schemes now covers testing of both dwellings and simple non-domestic buildings (with a volume less than 4,000 m³). This is of particular relevance and benefit in access to testing services in remote and rural areas.
  • At time of issue, one registering organisation which implements the MTC and NOS is approved – that operated by ATTMA.
  • As a transitional measure, testers who hold a current BINDT registration may continue to test and report on new dwellings only until the expiry date of that registration. Verifiers may accept dwelling tests on this basis. Details of registered testers and their registration expiry dates may be accessed here.
  • Where neither of the above criteria apply, a verifier may accept a test if they have first satisfied themselves that the party who performed the test meets the provisions set out within the MTC and NOS by other means.
  • There is no change to guidance within the BSD Technical Handbooks. Reference to these new provisions is made within section 5 of the BSD publication ‘Sound and Air Tightness Testing’. BSD will host and update a list of registering organisations on our website scotland.gov.uk/soundairtesting.

Orkney context

Orkney based airtightness testers currently hold BINDT registration and may continue to test and report on new dwellings only until the expiry date (04/04/15) of that registration. The company is in the process of registering with ATTMA, the new registration schemes now cover testing of both dwellings and simple non-domestic buildings (with a volume less than 4,000 m³). This is of particular relevance and benefit in access to testing services in remote and rural areas. Should you require any further information or clarification regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact the Building Standards Office.

04.12.2014

Newsletter 1

The latest news letter can be downloaded from the Related Downloads section of this page. It is available as a Web Friendly version which can also be downloaded from the Related Downloads section.

27.08.2014

Customer Communication

Analysis of the local Building Standards Customer Satisfaction Survey undertaken in February 2014 identified support for the introduction of electronic communication (email) for all Applications for Building Warrant and Completion Certificates where a valid email address has been supplied by the Applicant / Agent.

Responding to our customers wishes we have developed a new Risk Management Protocol for Customer Communication with a proposed commencement date of 1 September 2014.

A PDF copy of the Risk Management Protocol can be downloaded from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

30.09.2013

Construction Compliance and Notification Plans (Non - Domestic)

In an attempt to introduce an element of consistency for reasonable inquiry across all 32 Scottish verification areas, Construction Compliance and Notification Plans (CCNP) for Domestic building warrants were introduced from 1 October 2012.

With the CCNP process now firmly embedded in the procedure for Domestic building warrants a similar formal framework for Non-Domestic building warrants will be introduced for all Non-Domestic building warrants lodged from 1 October 2013.

Locally, this procedural change should have little impact on our customers as our procedures relating to CCNP include both Domestic and Non-Domestic building warrants from 1 October 2012.

26.09.2013

October 2013 Building Regulation Amendments and Introduction of Fire Safety Design Summaries

As you are all aware the next change to building regulations involving Sections 0, 2, 3, 4 & 7 of the Technical Handbooks come into force on 1st October 2013. In addition to these Technical Handbook amendments there are additional procedural changes introduced by The Building (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013. Regulation 3 amends the procedure regulations to provide that fire safety design summaries must be provided with completion certificates relating to the construction of, or conversion to, a new non-domestic building and be entered in the building standards register. “Fire safety design summary” means information relating to the design and construction of the building, and the services, fittings and equipment provided in or in connection with the building, which will assist in the operation and maintenance of the building for fire safety purposes. Example fire safety design summary templates will be available from the Building Standards Division website in due course. An additional declaration relating to fire safety design summaries will be included in Forms 5 Completion Certificate – submission, and Form 6 Completion Certificate where no building warrant obtained – submission.

26.09.2013

Energy standards within Scottish building regulations

News from Building Standards Division regarding the deferred date for the introduction of new energy standards within Scottish building regulations.

Just to make you aware that an announcement was made this morning on the next set of energy standards within Scottish building regulations. See Related Site link to view the press release - News/Drive for greener buildings.

Analysis of the consultation responses is now complete. Similarly, the output from the reconvened Sullivan Panel is just about complete. Ministers were briefed recently on both the consultation analysis and information from the draft Sullivan Report. Ministers took a view on the next steps for energy standards and an announcement on the timing and level of the next standards was made at the Central Belt Construction Summit in Glasgow on Wednesday 25 September. 

Mr Mackay announced that the Scottish Government will introduce revised standards, broadly as consulted upon, to deliver a 21% reduction in emissions from new homes and a 43% reduction in emissions from new non-domestic buildings but that these will be deferred until October 2015 to enable industry and government to use that additional time in support of successful delivery of the new standards.

To take forward the technical aspects of the review we will now reconvene our Departmental Working Group to review the range of issues flagged by consultees. Once the final Working Group meeting has been held, and further consideration given by Scottish Ministers, both the consultation and Scottish Government response will be published. The intention is that the publication of this document will be early November. We will then issue an update on the proposed programme for implementation of the new standards.

04.09.2013

Changes to EPC production for new buildings 30.06.2013

The latest Building Standards E-newsletter describes the procedure for provision of EPCs for new buildings subject of a building warrant submitted on or after 9 January 2013.

All EPCs produced on completion of post 9/1/13 building warrants will require to first be lodged to the Scottish EPC register by an EPC assessor who is a member of an Approved Organisation.

Further information relating to the process of producing EPCs for new buildings, approved organisations, and how to access the EPC register is available from the Scottish Government guidance leaflet EPC-11, which can be accessed via the Related Download to EPC-11 guidance leaflet. This leaflet is not fully web accessible. If you require a printed copy or further assistance, please contact Building Standards by email or by phoning 01856873535 extension 2729.

16.08.2013

Legacy Building Warrants for New Housing Developments

Following Ministerial advice issued on 30 May 2013 and subsequent guidance from the Scottish Building Standards Division (BSD) on 04 June 2013, Homes for Scotland (HfS) and Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS) have agreed a “memorandum of understanding” (MOU) dealing with “legacy building warrants” for new housing development which were submitted after 01 May 2005 and granted before 30 April 2012.

The MOU is intended to allow warrants with unfinished work and warrants where no previous work had been carried out to be completed under an extended building warrant.

Under the MOU, the validity of a “legacy building Warrant” granted before 30 April 2012 under the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 could be extended up to two years. Importantly, any design or layout changes would be accepted under the relevant original standards (2005 or 2007 Technical Handbooks) with or without upgrades agreed between the developer and the verifier.

Developers wishing to take advantage of the revised procedure should contact the building standards office for further advice relating to the application forms and the fee structure which apply to the revised warrant extension procedure.

14.08.2013

Robust Details - Timber separating floors

The RDL Section 5 Handbook has recently been updated by Robust Details and includes two new timber separating floor details which can achieve the design and specification required by Standard 5.1 and supporting guidance. Further detail regarding the RDL Section 5 Handbook is accessed via the Related Sites link to Robust Details.

14.08.2013

Technical Handbooks 2013 now online

Please follow the link via the Related Sites to Scottish Building Standards web page to view the latest Technical Handbooks.

09.08.2013

Summary Guide to changes with effect from 01.10.2013

Building Standards Division have published a summary guide which provides detail on the main changes introduced to the mandatory standards and associated guidance for 2013. The changes involve Sections 0, 2, 3, 4 and 7 of the Technical Handbooks. The summary guide can be accessed via the related site on this page.

The new Technical Handbooks which come into force 1 October 2013 are now only available in electronic format and can be accessed via the link to the Scottish Building Standards web page.

08.07.2013

LABSS / LABC Framework Agreement

LABSS (Local Authority Building Standards Scotland) and LABC (Local Authority Building Control in Wales and England) have made a formal agreement to join together on key activities. Both LABSS and LABC pledge to work together to promote and provide:

a) Independent, public sector regulatory standards and practices that are used to ensure safe, efficient, sustainable, healthy and accessible buildings.

b) Research on best practice, technical development and support for innovation within the building industry and positive support of regulatory policy.

c) Practical help to customers -building professionals, manufacturers, developers, contractors, trades, communities and property owners.

The primary reason for this agreement is for both organisations to build the case for building standards systems built on the public service ethos and to influence policy at government level in Scotland, Wales and England.

In addition, LABSS and LABC will align and jointly deliver some services, to develop customer support, improve efficiency and consistency. To this end both organisations will create working groups to develop research, policies, technical guidance and improve customer relationship management. This cooperation will commence with specific schemes and actions and be allowed to develop as additional activities or value added services are found to be relevant. Future developments will seek to include collaboration and sharing of resources between local authorities and improve technical functions by supporting “smarter working” to drive up local authority efficiency.

Paul Everall, LABC’s Chief Executive comments on the new Agreement. “We welcome our new working relationship with colleagues in Scotland. We have an enormous amount in common, not just technical matters, but also through providing excellent services to our communities and to the construction industry. By working together we will have a larger research base and be able to share the development of new approaches to our work and to improving performance.”

Muir Somerville, Chair of LABBS adds to Paul’s comments. “It is a fact that we share customers and that major developers and house builders work across our national borders. This agreement to share information and to work together will give customers and industry a more efficient and streamlined service. Whilst the legislative and administrative mechanisms of our systems are different, the underlying technical standards and design requirements are similar. By pooling our resources and working together we can deliver better value. In the final analysis we are all committed to building safe, environmentally sound and high performing buildings.”

A number of specific initiatives are being worked on. The alignment of LABSS’s Scottish Type Approval Scheme and LABC’s Registered Details schemes is a top priority so that building designers, specifiers and manufacturers can get more pre-approval of solutions and designs. Other tasks include adding further customer services, and extending product assessment and have accessible and centrally held cross border registrations and partnerships. Joint research on technical matters, compliance outcomes and customer opinion will also be shared.

24.01.13

Make Payment "Online"

Payment for Building Standards services can now be made Online, as well as by cash, cheque, debit card at the Councils One Stop Shop . Please see the Building Standards - Forms and Payment Advice Section, and follow the link on the left hand menu for online payment. 

20.12.12

Electrical Certification - New Works

There would appear to be some confusion regarding the level of electrical certification required to support a Completion Certificate Submission where a new electrical installation, or an extension or modification to an existing electrical installation is undertaken.

In an attempt to satisfy themselves that the electrical installation has been designed, installed and tested in accordance with the recommendations of BS 7671: 2008; Applicants must ensure one of the following test Certificates are obtained:

  • Certificate of Construction (Electrical Installations to BS 7671: 2008).
  • Electrical Installation Certificate – BS 7671: 2008.

  • Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate – BS 7671: 2008.

BS 7671: 2008 Forms can only be accepted by a Verifier when completed and signed by persons who possess sufficient technical knowledge, relevant practical skills and experience for the nature of the electrical work undertaken.

The intention of this procedure is to ensure that electrical installations are safe in terms of the hazards likely to arise from defective installations, namely fire, electric shock, and burns or other personal injury.

It should be noted that the Electrical Installation Condition Report is for use when carrying out routine periodic inspection and testing of an existing domestic or similar installation. It is not for use when alterations or additions are made.

22.10.2012

Building Standards – Performance Framework

A new Performance Framework for Building Standards was introduced on 1 May 2012 with reporting commencing for Building Warrant applications submitted on or after 1 October 2012.

Further information on the delivery of the performance framework and an example of the new Construction Notification Plan are available by following the links from the left hand menu.

03.02.2012

Minister Announces New Option in Scottish Building Standards for Sound Insulation in New Homes

Robust Details, an award winning sound insulation scheme for homes was launched in Scotland 31 January 2012 by Derek Mackay, Planning Minister.

The Robust Details approach can be used as an alternative to pre-completion sound testing to satisfy the requirements of Domestic Standard 5.1.Noise.

The scheme is in its very early stages in Scotland and further information surrounding the procedures linking the RDL scheme to the Building Warrant application process will be available in due course.

Further information regarding Robust Details can be found on their website under Related Sites.

07.11.2011

Are your barriers safe?

A new leaflet entitled ‘Are Your Barriers Safe?’, jointly produced by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, The Scottish Association of Building Standards Managers, The Scottish Government and Scottish Property Federation, is now available via Related Downloads.

The leaflet provides guidance relating to openings in protective barriers such as railings and balustrades in existing non-domestic buildings and recommendations for assessing and improving existing barriers to meet current Building Regulations.

14.10.2011

Online Building Standards Register 

The online Building Standards register is now available via the Online Building Warrant Application Search link on this page, under Related Sites.

The Public Access Register can be used to:

  • Check the progress of applications.
  • Find Warrant submission, 1st report, approval and completion dates.
  • Search applications within a map location, find neighbouring sites, etc.
  • View weekly and monthly lists searching key dates, e.g. Registered, Approved, Commenced, Completed, etc.
  • Search by type of application, e.g. new house, extension, demolition, etc.
  • Track individual applications. Agents / Applicants can check progress of their own applications.
  • Find details of Certificates of Design / Construction linked to applications.

Property History Search

  • Search by property name to find applications relating to the property. This will include any historic applications. The property history will find previous Building Warrants, Planning Applications, Notices, etc. if they are linked to the property.

24.8.2011

Radon Protection (Cavities)

There appears to be some confusion relating to the continuation of radon protection across cavities. In an attempt to apply a consistent approach to the design and construction process the text from BR 211 Radon Protection New Buildings 2007 is given below:

Radon Protection to Cavities

One of the routes by which radon might enter a building is by way of the wall cavities and therefore the radon-proof barrier should extend across the cavity to prevent radon entry. Where the barrier crosses the cavity, it will need to be constructed in the form of a cavity tray to prevent the ingress of water from the outer to the inner leaf. The barrier should be continuous and as airtight as possible; all joints, including any in the cavity tray, should be carefully and durably sealed. As with all cavity trays, weepholes will have to be provided in the outer leaf to drain the cavity. To ensure that the cavity tray is fully supported, the cavity should be filled up to the barrier with concrete or other suitable material; such as extruded polystyrene foam or expanded polyethylene foam.

Details showing level 1 radon protection measures for our most common floor construction types i.e. ground supported concrete and suspended timber can be found by following the link to Radon Maps for Scotland from Related Links on this page, and then selecting Radon – Underbuilding Details.

Further information relating to radon protection can be accessed from BRE publications BR 211 and 376, which can also be found by following the link to Radon Maps for Scotland under Related Links on this page.

12.07.2011

The Building (Scotland) Act 2003

Domestic Microgeneration - Installation of Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Equipment on a House

In an attempt to ensure a consistent approach is followed by Verifiers, Building Standards Division has issued guidance relating to Building Warrant approval where Domestic Microgeneration equipment is fitted to a House.

The intention of this advice is to clarify that a Building Warrant should not be required when the existing structure of a one or two storey House is capable of supporting the solar PV and solar thermal equipment. However if the existing structure is not capable, and strengthening is needed, a Building Warrant is required.

It is therefore clear that the householder must be satisfied that an appraisal of the House structure has been done and if the existing structure of the House requires strengthening, this should be considered an alteration, and a Building Warrant is necessary.

As already noted above, when this type of equipment is installed on an existing building, the building owner must be satisfied that the existing structure is able to withstand the loadings. Therefore a structural appraisal will always be needed and should be undertaken by a competent person.

This advice is limited to type 1 of schedule 3 of the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 as amended which covers houses with a storey at a height of no more than 4.5m. Supporting information is included in Domestic Microgeneration – Installation of Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Equipment on a House: Annex A, which can be downloaded via the Related Downloads section on this page.

13.5.2011

Sustainability Labelling in Building Standards

Please find below further guidance regarding the procedural issues relating to Sustainability Labelling in Building Standards.

Sustainability Labelling applies to new buildings where a Building Warrant application is submitted after 30 April 2011, and is optional for qualifying buildings where the Building Warrant application was received between 1 October 2010 and 30 April 2011 to coincide with the October 2010 Building Regulation amendments.

Applications which comply with the 2010 Standards will achieve Bronze level and where low or zero carbon technologies have been applied Bronze Active, with the upper levels Bronze Active, Silver, Silver Active, Gold and Platinum being voluntary.

Building Warrant, Completion Certificate submission and Completion Certificate (where no Warrant obtained) application forms have been adjusted to accommodate the changes.

Prior to returning the Completion Certificate submission the Applicant or Applicants Agent is required to generate a Sustainability Label, with the Sustainability Generator available from the Scottish Building Standards website link on the page.

A Sustainability Label must accompany the Completion Certificate Submission with a copy affixed to the building prior to Building Standards undertaking the final inspection of works.

3.5.2011

Sound and Air-Tightness Testing

Sound and Air-Tightness testing will be phased into Building Standards for Building Warrant applications made on or after 1 May 2011; as follows:

Domestic:

Noise - flats and maisonettes.

Air-Tightness - flats and maisonettes.

Non-Domestic:

Noise - residential buildings.

Air - Tightness; all building types.

And from 1 October 2011:

Domestic:

Noise - houses and conversions.

Air-Tightness - all dwelling types.

Non-Domestic:

Noise - conversions.

There is no need to carry out an air-tightness test on a converted building.

At the Building Warrant application stage Applicants or their Agents are required to agree with the Verifier a written testing regime including building types and the number of tests for noise and/or air-tightness testing. Thereafter and nearing completion notice must be provided to the Verifier to select the actual plots for noise and/or air-tightness testing.

To determine frequency of testing reference must be made to the relevant tables contained within Sections 5 and 6 of the Domestic and Non-Domestic Technical Handbooks.

The Scottish Government – Building Standards Division have produced a guidance document ‘Sound and Air-Tightness Testing’ to assist Applicants, Agents and Verifiers with testing procedures, a copy of which is available at Related Downloads.  The document is very informative and we would recommend that you to give it your full attention.

We are aware that air-tightness testing services are available locally; however no such local service is presently available for noise testing. We would therefore encourage you to give early consideration to your testing strategy to ensure there are no unavoidable delays to the Completion Certificate process.

3.5.2011

Sustainability Labelling in Building Standards

The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011 came into force 1 May 2011 and introduce measures for Sustainability Labelling in Building Standards. Sustainability labels will be available for Building Warrant applications submitted after 30 September 2010 provided a Certificate of Completion has not already been accepted by the Verifier. The statement of sustainability will be recorded on the Building Standards Register.

Sustainability standards are limited to new buildings and do not apply to extensions, conversions, buildings ancillary to a dwelling having a floor area less than 50m²,  buildings which will not be heated or cooled, buildings intended to have a limited life, or conservatories.

Levels of sustainability range from Bronze, Bronze Active, Silver, Silver Active, Gold and Platinum e.g.

Bronze labels are available for new dwellings which have been designed and constructed in accordance with the 2010 standards, and where low and zero carbon technologies have been included the Bronze Active label will apply.

Silver and Gold labels apply to dwellings at these optional upper levels and must meet all the standards that apply to the Bronze level, in addition the dwelling should comply with each of the additional Silver and Gold aspects which include;

Improvements to carbon dioxide emissions, energy for space heating, energy for water heating, water use efficiency, optimising performance, flexibility and adaptability, well-being and security, material use and waste.

Silver and Gold Active labels would be achieved where the use of low and zero carbon technologies have been introduced in addition to the requirements of the Silver and Gold levels.

To achieve a Platinum label a dwelling must meet all the standards that apply to the Bronze level and the Dwelling Emission Rate is 100% lower than the Target Emission Rate set by the 2010 standards.

For non-domestic buildings sustainability levels are set by target reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

A sustainability label must be indelibly marked and fixed to the building prior to completion in a position that is readily accessible, protected from the weather and not easily obscured e.g. a meter cupboard.

Copies of the new 2011 technical handbooks, which include Section 7 relating to sustainability labelling, can be found at on the Scottish Building Standards website via Related Links and further information relating to procedures will be provided following a Scottish Building Standards Division dissemination event in early May 2011.

3.5.2011

SER Ltd Technical Bulletins

The most recent Technical Bulletins released by SER Ltd can now be downloaded at Related Download.

SER Technical Bulletin 1A is a revision to the original Certification of Contractor Designed Details and provides information on how to regularise structural elements which have not been submitted with the Building Warrant application and Certificate of Structural Design.

SER Technical Bulletin 6 describes the procedures relating to the Certification of Double Glazing Systems.

Further SER Ltd information, including all Technical Bulletins, can be found on the SER Ltd website - see Related Sites.

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