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Sustainability

Project Details

Research project to Develop Guidance for users of Sustainable Schools
Contractor: Green Energy Partners
Status: Complete
Project Year: 2012/13

This project provided a guidance template in which information on optimising performance could be given to users of a new school as part of sustainability labelling.

Final report

Development a user guide to enhance biodiversity and promote ecology of sustainable schools
Contractor: Natural Capital
Status: Complete
Project Year: 2012/13

This research developed an example bespoke biodiversity guide that will be included as part of the overall ‘strategic biodiversity document’. The example guide along with supplementary guidance notes on how to produce the guide will form part of the guidance within Section 7, Sustainability of the Non-domestic Technical Handbook.

Final report

Template Biodiversity User Guide

Example Bespoke Biodiversity User Guide

Cost Impact of Non-Domestic Sustainability Labelling for Schools
Contractor: Green Energy Partners
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2012/13

The objective of this research was to analyse the cost impacts of proposals for introducing sustainability labelling into Section 7 of the Non-Domestic Technical Handbook for schools.

Final report

Develop Guidance for Occupiers on how to live in a Low Carbon House
Contractor: Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU)
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2010/11

Project to develop a generic holistic guide on optimising performance of homes that are likely to be well- insulated, airtight and have low carbon equipment.

This guide will be used in Section 7 sustainability of the Technical Handbooks.

Final report

Cost Impact of Sustainability Labelling for Domestic Buildings
Contractor: Gleeds Cost Management Ltd
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2010-11

This project will analyse cost impacts of proposals for a new Section 7 of the Domestic Technical Handbook. The project will consist of 2 stages:

Stage 1
Define benchmarks for each of the selected buildings. Establish standard dwellings that only just comply with the 2010 mandatory building standards;
Undertake capital cost analysis to provide estimates for revising the benchmark dwellings' designs to achieve each aspect in each upper level of sustainability;
Undertake lifecycle cost analysis to provide cost estimates for ongoing resource use, in the form of energy, and the differences in running costs to occupants if aspects in each of the upper levels are achieved; and
Make a comparison with a benchmark dwelling designed to 1990 standards.

Stage 2
Review and audit the cost analysis that will be submitted by entrants in the Design Competition on the SSCI Whitecross site. The designs will aim for the same technical criteria in measuring sustainable design as contained in this research. A cost plan will be submitted by 5 design competition entrants to be reviewed and reported upon.

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

Building integration of low and zero carbon technology systems, including micro-renewables

Research to evaluate issues associated with the integration of certain low and zero carbon technology systems (LZCT) which use renewable energy sources to generate electricity or heat into buildings.

Building Research Establishment, Scotland

2007/08

Design Life - Scoping Study

A scoping study to evaluate the feasibility of introducing a statement of design life of non-domestic buildings.

Building Research Establishment, Scotland

2006/07

Disassembly of non-domestic buildings

Evaluation of  the feasibility of increasing the scope of Regulation 8 to require that buildings should be designed and constructed for disassembly to facilitate the re-use of materials.

3D Architects

2006/07

Existing Buildings

Guidance to improve the sustainability of housing aimed at householders who are thinking of extending or otherwise altering their homes.

Thirdwave

2006/07

Recovery of Demolition Materials

Project to consider whether it is feasible to further the re-use of building materials by promoting the recovery of materials arising from demolition.

Building Research Establishment, Scotland

2006/07