The Technical Handbooks provide guidance on achieving the standards set in the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and are available in two volumes, Domestic buildings and Non-domestic buildings.
A Technical Handbook 2013 Summary Guide providing details on the main changes introduced to the mandatory standards and associated guidance for 2013 has been published. The changes involve Sections 0, 2, 3, 4 and 7 of the Technical Handbooks.
Errata May 2014 - This publication corrects typographical errors and corrections to the 2013 Technical Handbook editions.
Corrigenda October 2014 - This publication provides a list of corrections to the 2013 Technical Handbook editions.
Section 6 (energy) for 2015 – Revisions to section 6 of the Technical Handbooks, which will come into force on 1 October 2015, are now available. This early publication allows time for industry to become familiar with this next set of guidance.
Technical Handbooks for October 2015 (in force from 1 October 2015)
Changes have now been made to sections 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 of the Technical Handbooks (as a result of the Better Regulation review) and these come into force on 1 October 2015. Also the section 6 (energy) changes (see paragraph above) have now been merged into the latest edition of the Technical Handbooks. The 2015 Changes Summary document identifies the key changes.
Earlier editions of the Technical Handbooks can be accessed below.
Previous Versions - Complete Handbooks
The previous editions, can be accessed in the tables below. The handbooks published prior to 2009 came into force on the May 1 of the respective year. Referenced Key Documents (referred to within Technical Handbooks, can be found immediately after each section on the list below).
Older Technical Standards - <2005
Library of Technical Guidance
|Guidance ||Description ||Year of Change |
|Conservatories Guide 2nd edition ||Revised and updated in line with 2010 handbooks. ||2010 |
Conversion of Traditional Buildings
These guides have been published by Historic Scotland.
|Procedural Guidance for Crown Buildings ||Revised and updated including guidance on cells and reference to appropriate fire authorities. ||2010 |
|Procedural Handbook 3rd Edition ||Revised and updated to include information on the local authority performance framework, changes implemented by the Building (Miscellaneous Amendments) |
(Scotland) Regulations 2013 and other general updates.
|Guidance ||Description ||Year of Change |
Accredited Construction Details (Scotland) 2015
Introduction and principles (updated June 2015) - pending
Part 2 - Partial Fill Masonry Construction Details
Part 3 - Timber Frame Construction Details
Part 4 - Metal Frame Construction Details
Part 5 - Additional Common Junction Details
This document provides a revised and updated version of the Accredited Construction Details (Scotland) to take account of the increased number of thermal junctions identified within Appendix K of SAP 2012 and support the changes to the 2015 Energy standards.
The updated detail sets do not supersede previous versions, but reflect the likely changes to Scottish construction practices which meet or improve upon the design U-value for walls, floors and ceilings cited in the fuel package table of Section 6.1 of the Technical Handbooks.
For each designated construction type, a range of example junction locations are provided which illustrate good construction practice, to the most common building situations. The guidance is not prescriptive and other methods of meeting the functional standards exist.
Accredited Construction Details (Scotland) 2010
|This document provides guidance and one method to meet some of the requirements of the functional standards set out in Regulation 9 of the Building (Scotland) Regulations. The guidance is not presciptive and other methods of meeting the functional standards will exist. ||2010 |
Accredited Construction Details (Scotland) (2007)
This document provides guidance and one method to meet some of the requirements of the functional standards set out in Regulation 9 of the Building (Scotland) Regulations. The guidance is not presciptive and other methods of meeting the functional standards will exist.
|Airtightness and Sound Testing ||Methodology for testing in support of Section 5 - Noise and Section 6 - Energy. ||2011 |
|Condensing Boiler Assessment Procedure ||Procedure for demonstrating criteria for use of non-condensing boilers when undertaking replacement work in existing buildings. ||2010 |
|NCM Modelling Guide for Non-domestic Buildings in Scotland ||New guidance in support of Section 6 and energy performance certificates. ||2010 |
6.A - Tables of U-values and thermal conductivity
6.B - Worked examples of U-value calculations using the combined method
6.C - U-values of ground floors and basements
These guides are updated version of Annexes A, B ,and C of the 2006 Technical handbooks. It is intended as a reference document for use with the 2007 Technical handbooks. The guides relate to both domestic and non-domestic buildings.
These guides are designed to give examples of some common construction methods but there are likely to be other solutions which will be more suited to a particular project. It should also be noted that there is commercially available software for undertaking U-value calculations, which is now the most usual method of calculation. Also, manufacturers of building products are usually able to assist with calculations for particular cases.
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