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This content is not being updated. The latest Scottish Government policy on building standards can be found on https://beta.gov.scot. Current Building Standards technical handbooks are still in the Technical Guidance section on this website.


It is essential that the building regulations and guidance are based on solid information and the research programme is an integral part of the work of the division.

Building Standards Division manages a programme of research to provide an evidence base to support the review of the Building Standards and other building regulations.

While the majority of research is commissioned from external bodies, the research team also undertakes small in-house projects as well as making use of research undertaken by other Government Departments. Where possible we will look to work in partnership with other Scottish Government departments, Agencies and other Government Departments.