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Lower carbon buildings - a review of energy standards and guidance within Scottish building regulations

Lower carbon buildings - a review of energy standards and guidance within Scottish building regulations

Monday, January 14, 2013

ISBN: 9781782563310

Building regulations set energy standards applicable to new buildings and to most building work which takes place in existing buildings. Proposals to amend section 6 of the Technical Handbooks to reduce energy demand and carbon dioxide emissions from buildings.

Executive Summary

Building regulations set energy standards applicable to new buildings and to most building work which takes place in existing buildings.

Following publication of the 2007 Sullivan Report – ‘A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland’, Scottish Ministers gave a commitment to the investigation of the recommendations of that report. This included proposals for staged improvements to energy standards within building regulations in 2010 and 2013. Work to investigate potential improvements following changes made in 2010 were investigated during 2011/12 and are presented here.

This consultation sets out proposals for the improvement of energy efficiency and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions arising from both the construction of new buildings and where work is carried out to existing buildings. This aspect of the performance of buildings is addressed by Scottish building regulations through the standards and guidance within section 6 (energy) of the BSD Technical Handbooks.