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Environment

Research Projects from 2010

Project Details

Review the location of flue outlets serving solid fuel combustion appliances in buildings (including windows and similar openings)
Contractor: MMI Engineering
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2016/17

The aim of this project was to determine whether buildings constructed to meet the guidance to building standard 3.20 will provide adequate protection to occupiers of both the building of origin (i.e. the building containing the solid fuel appliance) and nearby buildings from the products of combustion from solid fuel combustion appliances.

The report is being used to inform policy.

Project to develop a simple assessment methodology for gutters and rainwater pipes
Contractor: BRE
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2014/15

The aim of this research project is to investigate and develop a ‘simplified’ but robust national methodology which will be used for calculating the design of simple eaves roof drainage systems for both pitched and flat roofs.

Radon Protective Measures Guidance Document
Contractor: Building research Establishment
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2014/15

This work will review the guidance in relation to BRE Report BR376 (Guidance on Protective Measures for New Dwellings in Scotland) published 1999, updated and incorporated into the revised edition of BR 211.

Investigation of Occupier Influence on indoor Air Quality in Dwellings
Contractor:  MEARU
Status: Complete
Project Year: 2013/14

The aim of the research was to investigate dwelling occupant interaction with natural ventilation components and record levels of indoor air quality. The project also identify options for making natural ventilation in dwellings a robust strategy.

Final report

Review the relevancy of building regulations to Dungsteads and farm effluent buildings
Contractor: Optimal Economics
Status: Complete
Project Year 2012/13

The objectives of this project was to provide research that will assist the Scottish Government to consider if the building regulations are the most appropriate regulatory method of control for dungsteads and farm effluent tanks. The research also commented and advised as to whether Standard 3.26 and associated guidance contained within the Technical Handbooks is considered fit for purpose to address the issues of environmental pollution and personal health and safety related to the installation of dungsteads and farm effluent tanks.

Final report

Review the Typical details for Scottish Wall constructions (Standard 3.10)
Contractor: Building Research Establishment
Status: Complete
Project Year 2012/13

This project established if the generic building standards precipitation sketches for solid, cavity and framed walls are currently fit for purpose given changes in construction practices and materials.  It also reported if the generic building standards wall sketches could remain fit for purpose in relation to short term climate change rainfall projections, to establish any failings or concerns relating to the existing building standards sketches and specify improvement or amendments required to reinstate them as fit for purpose and assess if the building standards wall sketches are representative of the construction methods used and required in new Scottish buildings to meet current building standards for resistance to precipitation.

Final report

To inform the requirements and installation criteria for changing places toilets
Contractor: Building Research Establishment
Status: Completed
Project Year 2011/12

This project reviewed current guidance and provision of facilities for people with disabilities.  It identified and collected key information about Changing Places toilets that will allow consideration to be given on their inclusion within Scottish Building Standards.

Final Report

To consider the effect increasing air-tightness may have on air quality within dwellings
Contractor: Building Research Establishment
Status: Completed
Project Year 2011/12

This research was undertaken to ensure that Government aims for reduction of CO2 emissions through energy building standards were progressed whilst continuing to safeguard the health and well being of building users.

Final Report

Project to inform the consideration of wind-driven rain guidance to support building standards
Contractor: Building Research Establishment
Status: Completed
Project Year 2010/11

This project assessed whether masonry walls constructed in accordance with the historical rainfall data and mapping in BS 8104, will still achieve the level of performance required by the Technical Standards for preventing precipitation penetrating to the inner face of buildings.

Final Report

To Assess the Effectiveness of Low Flow Toilets
Contractor: Heriot Watt University
Status: Completed
Project Year 2010/11

This project evaluated whether low flow toilets can be a safe and effective means of introducing water efficiency measures within buildings.

Final Report

 

Research Projects prior to 2010

Reports for research projects list below can be obtained by emailing buildingstandards@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Title

Description

Contractor

Year

To investigate the extent and cost of designing and constructing small areas of hardstandings around new and existing domestic and non-domestic buildings

Investigate the extent and cost of designing and constructing small areas of hardstanding around new and existing, domestic and non-domestic buildings including permeable surfaces, impermeable surfaces and on-site drainage.

Heriot Watt University

2009/10

Assessment of as-built compliance with approved warrant design: Domestic

Pilot study using airtightness testing, infrared thermography, and a walk around survey to assess as-built pre-completion performance against approved warrant design.

Alba Building Sciences, Bob Renton & Mike Crowe

2007/08

Installation conditions for combustion appliance systems

Research to investigate certain aspects of the installation of combustion appliances.

Glasgow Caledonian University

2007/08

Thermal Imaging Pilot Project - monitoring

Pilot study to investigate the feasibility of the use by verifiers of infrared thermographic cameras to identify possible faults in the fabric of buildings during construction, or shortly before completion.

Building Research Establishment, Scotland

2007/08

Gas installations in timber framed and light steel framed buildings

Review, revise and publish the Revision to Guidance Document: Gas and Flue Combustion Appliances in Timber Built Dwellings (IGE/UP/7).

Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM)

2006/07

Improving the Flood Resistance of Buildings through Improved Materials, Methods and Details

 

Jointly funded with Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), DEFRA and the Environment Agency.

Research to look at the implications of flooding on new build and extensions and how these may be mitigated through the use of appropriate materials and construction techniques.

 

CIRIA

2006/07

Interaction between Wall Mounted Gas Flues and Roof Eaves

Research to investigate whether exhaust fumes from wall mounted flues serving fixed gas and oil heating appliances can enter loft space.

Glasgow Caledonian University

2005/06

Research into the Storage of Woody Biomass fuel for Heating Equipment

Project to identify the minimum good practice on storage issues for commonly available types of heating equipment that use woody biomass fuel.

NIFES Consulting Group

2005/06

Review of Guidance on Energy and Environment

Part 1: Review of guidance on energy and environment - interrelationship between heating, ventilation and condensation

Part 2: Ventilation of cavities in timber framed walls

Glasgow Caledonian University

2005/06