Technical Handbooks

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 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 October 2015, are now available. This early publication allows time for industry to become familiar with this next set of guidance.

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 (refered to within Technical Handbooks, can be found immediately after each section on the list below).


Domestic Handbook 2013 Complete (in force 1 October 2013) - HTML PDF
General Structure

Fire

Environment

Safety Noise Energy Sustainability

Appendix A Defined Terms

Appendix B list of standards

 

 

Non-Domestic Handbook 2013 Complete (in force 1 October 2013) - HTML PDF
General Structure Fire Environment Safety Noise Energy

Sustainability

Appendix A Defined Terms

Appendix B list of standards

 

Previous Versions - Complete Handbooks

 

Domestic Handbook 2011 - Complete book
Section 0 - General Section 1 - Structure

Section 2 - Fire

Section 3 - Environment

Section 4 - Safety Section 5 - Noise Section 6- Energy

Section 7 - Sustainability

 

 

Non-Domestic Handbook 2011 - Complete book
Section 0 - General Section 1 - Structure Section 2 - Fire Section 3 - Environment Section 4 - Safety Section 5 - Noise Section 6 - Energy

Section 7 - Sustainability

 

New Building Standards Systems - 2005> Year
Domestic 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Non Domestic 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
 
Older Technical Standards - <2005
6th Amendment of Technical Standards (2002)
5th Amendment of Technical Standards (2000)
Technical Standards For Compliance With The Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 1990 (incorporating: amendment no.1 - July 1993, amendment no.2 - June 1994)
 
Library of Technical Guidance
Section 0 - General
Guidance Description Year of Change
Conservatories Guide 2nd edition Revised and updated in line with 2010 handbooks. 2010

Conversion of Traditional Buildings

Part 1

Part 2

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.
2013

Section 1 - Structure
Guidance Description Year of Change
Small Buildings Structural Guidance Removed from Technical Handbooks, available independently on BSD website. 2010

Section 2 - Fire
Guidance Description Year of Change
A Simplified Approach to Alternative Fire Safety Strategies New guidance in support of Section 2: Fire. 2010

A Fire Safety Design Summary

New guidance and example forms.

2013

Fire Safety Management in Traditional Buildings

This guide has been published by Historic Scotland. For more information, please visit the Historic Scotland bookshop.

 
Whisky Maturation Warehouses - Storage Buildings (Class 1) – Automatic Fire Suppression Systems

Provides supplementary information for the installation of automatic fire suppression systems in whisky maturation warehouses to that already provided in the Scottish Building Standards Technical Handbooks.

2015

 

Section 3 - Environment
Guidance Description Year of Change
Ventilation Domestic Guide New guidance in support of Section 3: Environment. 2010

 

Section 4 - Safety
Guidance Description Year of Change
Protective Barriers in Existing Non-Domestic Buildings A building regulation guide to openings in protective barriers such as railings or balustrades. 2011

 

Section 5 - Noise
Guidance Description Year of Change
Airtightness and Sound Testing Methodology for testing in support of Section 5 - Noise and Section 6 - Energy. 2011
Example Constructions and Generic Internal Constructions

The ‘Example Constructions and Generic Internal Constructions’ has been updated.

Updated: October 2011.

2011
Housing and sound insulation: A Guide to Improving existing attached dwellings and designing for conversions The purpose of this guide is to provide methods and descriptions of how to improve sound insulation between attached dwellings, to assist in deciding on what levels of sound insulation may be required and to inform on key separating wall and floor types and influences of remedial treatments.  

 

Section 6 - Energy
Guidance Description Year of Change

Accredited Construction Details (for building warrant applications submitted on or after October 1, 2010)

Introduction and principles (updated June 2011)

Part 1 - Full Fill Masonry Construction Details

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 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)

(for building warrant applications submitted up to and including September 30, 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.

2007
Airtightness and Sound Testing Methodology for testing in support of Section 5 - Noise and Section 6 - Energy. 2011
Condensing Boiler Assessment Procedure Accredited Construction Details. 2010
NCM Modelling Guide for Non-domestic Buildings in Scotland New guidance in support of Section 6 and energy performance certificates. 2010

U-Values

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.

 

 

Section 7 - Sustainability
Guidance (new/updated) Description Year of Change

Safe and sustainable installation of low carbon equipment

Introduction to the guides (2010, Updated 2012)

Air source heat pumps (ASHP) (2010)

Ground source heat pumps and water source heat pumps (GSHP and WSHP) (2010)

Solar thermal systems or solar hot water (SHW) (2010)

Biomass Installations (2012)

Photovoltaics (2012)

These guides outline the main features of each technology and identify issues that need to be considered in the design and installation of low carbon equipment, for compliance with the building regulations, including good practice to optimise the energy efficiency of installations. More detailed guidance on the Scottish building regulations, including the functional standards, is given in the Technical Handbooks. See date(s) to the right of Guidance title
Sustainability label generator

Web tool for generating Statements of Sustainability under Section 7.

2011