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Building standards

  1. Building regulations - proposed changes to energy standards, etc: consultation analysis

    An analysis of the responses to the 2021 public consultation on a review of building standards relating to energy standards and associated topics, including ventilation, overheating and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

  2. Zero Emission Taskforce recommendation report: Scottish Government response

    Sets out our response to the Zero Emissions Social Housing Taskforce report.

  3. Building standards 2022 technical handbook: non-domestic

    The building standards technical handbooks provide guidance on achieving the standards set in the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004. This handbook applies to a building warrant submitted on or after 1 June 2022 and to building work which does not require a warrant commenced from that date.

  4. Building standards 2022 technical handbook: domestic

    The building standards technical handbooks provide guidance on achieving the standards set in the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004. This handbook applies to a building warrant submitted on or after 1 June 2022 and to building work which does not require a warrant commenced from that date.

  5. Working together to fix cladding issues

    Single Building Assessment programme expanded.

  6. Building regulations – compliance and enforcement: consultation analysis

    Analysis of the building regulations compliance and enforcement consultation which ran between 11 November 2021 and 9 February 2022.

  7. Ban on combustible cladding

    Materials barred from high-risk buildings over 11 metres.

  8. Fire and smoke alarms: changes to the law

    The law on fire alarms has changed which means all Scottish homes will need to have interlinked alarms. Guidance on what you need to know.

  9. Fire alarm funding increased

    Extra £500,000 to support most vulnerable.

  10. Building standards - (fire safety) external wall systems: consultation analysis

    An analysis of the responses to the public consultation on a review of building standards relating to the fire safety of external wall systems to help ensure the safety of people in and around Scotland’s buildings.

  11. Making our homes cleaner and greener

    Scotland’s heat in buildings strategy published.

  12. Building standards (fire safety) - external wall systems: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on a ban of the highest risk cladding materials on new buildings and to give further consideration to façade system testing. Any changes will be introduced through amendments to building regulations and supporting guidance in Section 2: fire of the technical handbooks.

  13. Building standards - verification service: customer experience evaluation - future model

    This research identified and proposed a preferred model which the Scottish Government (Building Standards Division) could use to deliver the national customer survey for building standards.

  14. Building standards - verifiers: self-assessment tool - April 2021

    Self-assessment tool aimed at supporting verifiers in evaluating their approach to continuous improvement to meet their obligations under the Building Standards Operating Framework 2021.

  15. Building standards - verifiers: professional competency framework

    The professional framework introduces a national methodology for assessing competence with defined entry points to show a clear career progression path for those considering a career in building standards.

  16. Tackling cladding issues

    Free safety assessments for homeowners.

  17. A new standard for housing

    Ensuring equal quality of homes.

  18. Multi‑storey residential buildings - fire risk posed by external wall systems: consultation analysis

    An independent analysis of consultation responses to the Draft Scottish Advice Note (SAN): Determining the fire risk posed by external wall systems in existing multi-storey residential buildings.

  19. Fire safety regime for existing high rise domestic buildings - review: Fairer Scotland Duty summary

    Fairer Scotland Assessment for the Review of Fire Safety that was agreed by the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety in December 2018 and the recommendations delivered in 2019 to 2020.

  20. High rise fire safety leaflet 2019-2020: evaluation report - July 2020

    Results from an exercise to evaluate fire safety guidance leaflets, delivered to all high rise residents, following the Review of Fire Safety Regime in Scotland for High Rise Domestic Buildings.

  21. Coronavirus (COVID-19): addendum to guidance on duration of building warrant - letter from Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning

    Letter from the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart MSP to local authorities giving additional guidance on the duration of building warrants (extending the validity and determination of application – refusal and deemed refusals) as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

  22. Coronavirus (COVID-19): building standards - special measures to enable the erection of temporary buildings for the recovery and renew phase: letter to local authorities

    Letter from the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart MSP about special measures to enable the erection of temporary buildings for the recovery and renew phase of COVID-19.

  23. Coronavirus (COVID-19): building standards - special measures to enable the erection of temporary care assistance buildings: letter to local authorities

    Letter from the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart MSP about special measures to enable the erection of temporary care assistance buildings as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

  24. Coronavirus (COVID-19): building standards - special measures to enable the occupation of new buildings: letter to local authorities

    Letter from the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart MSP about guidance on building standards compliance and enforcement relating to special measures to enable the occupation of new buildings as a result of the COVID-19.

  25. Maintaining Scotland’s tenements

    Changes to legislation considered.

  26. Fire safety in high rise domestic buildings: business and regulatory impact assessment

    BRIA carried out for work relating to Strengthening Fire Safety in Domestic High Rise Property.

  27. Fire safety in high rise domestic buildings: equality impact assessment

    Results of the equality impact assessment into strengthening fire safety for domestic high rise property.

  28. Construction phase handbook

    Guidance for contracting authorities on the construction phase of a built asset project

  29. Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and Department of Clinical Neurosciences: review of water, ventilation, drainage and plumbing systems - supplementary report

    This report supplements the NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) report issued on 9 September 2019 and focuses on the provision of the fire, electrical services and medical gas systems.

  30. National Planning Framework 3: monitoring report

    Progress of the 30 key actions and 14 national developments listed in the third National Planning Framework.

  31. Making homes safer

    £13 million to improve safety standards in social housing.

  32. Building standards: procedural handbook (third edition, version 1.6)

    Clarifies procedures underpinning the Scottish building standards system as set out in the Building (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 to help with practical operation.

  33. Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and Department of Clinical Neurosciences: review of water, ventilation, drainage and plumbing systems

    We commissioned NHS National Services Scotland to undertake an external series of checks to ensure that the relevant technical specifications and guidance applicable to the new hospital have been followed and are being implemented.

  34. Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and Department of Clinical Neurosciences: response to the review of water, ventilation, drainage and plumbing systems

    NHS Lothian's response to actions identified in NHS National Services Scotland's review of water, ventilation, drainage and plumbing systems in the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and Department of Neurosciences, Edinburgh.

  35. Prevalence of CO2 from disused mineral mines and the implications for residential buildings: research

    In 2017 the NHS Lothian Incident Management Team investigated reported cases of ill health affecting residents of a recently built local authority housing estate. This research is looking for similar incidents and considers implications for building standards.

  36. Buchanan and St Ambrose Independent Review: evidence

    Evidence to support the findings of the review into the Coatbridge school campus.

  37. Buchanan and St Ambrose Independent Review: final report

    Final report of the Buchanan and St Ambrose Independent Review.

  38. Practical fire safety guidance for existing specialised housing and other supported domestic accommodation: consultation

    We are gathering views on draft Fire Safety Guidance for Specialised Housing (and other supported domestic accommodation). We will use the responses to further develop and refine the guidance.

  39. Strengthening fire safety and building standards

    Improvements in fire safety and better facilities for people with disabilities.

  40. Building Standards Year of Young People: attracting young people into a career in building standards

    This project investigated why young people are not choosing a career in building standards and looked for ways to encourage them.

  41. Strengthening fire safety for high rise domestic buildings: consultation

    Consultation on guidance for fire safety and information for people responsible and residents of high rise buildings. This consultation is now closed.

  42. Centralized hub for verification of complex fire engineered solutions in Scotland: feasibility study

    Independent opinion on the need, appropriateness, potential structure and potential operations of a central hub for assisting in the verification of complex fire engineered designs.

  43. Changing Places toilets consultation: easy read version

    Consultation document on how we can change building regulations so that Changing Places toilets have to be part of new or changed buildings.

  44. Changing Places toilets in new buildings: EQIA

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) of proposals to revise building regulations to require provision of Changing Places toilets in certain types of new buildings.

  45. Changing Places toilets: building standards consultation

    Changing Places toilets offer larger, supported facilities that address the needs of people for whom current accessible sanitary accommodation is inadequate.

  46. Better sanitary facilities for disabled people

    Public consultation launched today

  47. Domestic and non-domestic energy performance certificates: review

    Analysis of responses to our three public consultations about energy performance certificates (EPCs).

  48. Domestic and non-domestic energy performance certificates review: executive summary

    Analysis of responses to our three public consultations about energy performance certificates (EPCs).

  49. New fire safety standards for Scottish homes

    All domestic properties to have smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms.

  50. Domestic and non-domestic energy performance certificates review: supplementary notes

    Notes supplementing analysis of responses to our three public consultations about energy performance certificates (EPCs).

  51. Building and fire safety

    Consultation on expert group recommendations.

  52. Cladding removal VAT calls

    Ministers back exemption for removal of combustible building cladding.

  53. Building and fire safety

    Response to independent interim review.

  54. School estates: suitability reporting core facts

    Guidance for local authorities on reporting on the suitability of school estates.

  55. School estates: core facts overview

    Overview of the information used to measure progress of our school estates strategy.

  56. School estates: condition reporting core facts

    Guidance for local authorities reporting on the condition of school estates.

  57. Fire safety consultation

    Review of guidance for residential accommodation.

  58. Support for housing

    Challenge fund announced for custom and self-built homes.

  59. Building and fire safety

    Chairs for review groups announced.

  60. Designing communities

    People to have say in the design of their area.

  61. Fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes: consultation

    Consultation seeking views on possible changes to standards required for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes.

  62. Home safety paramount

    Consultation on protecting homes against fire and smoke.

  63. Ministerial Working Group on building and fire safety

    Fourth meeting held.

  64. Ministerial Working Group on building and fire safety

    Third meeting held.

  65. Ministerial Working Group on building and fire safety

    Third meeting held.

  66. Ministerial Working Group on building and fire safety

    Third meeting held.

  67. Building standards: procedural handbook (third edition, version 1.5)

    Building standards procedural handbook third edition, version 1.5. Superseded by version 1.6.

  68. Comment on cladding and high rise buildings

    Communities Secretary provides further update.

  69. Comment on cladding and high rise buildings

    Communities Secretary provides update

  70. Review of building and fire safety regulations

    Ministerial Working Group convened.

  71. Scottish Energy Performance Certificate Register: consultation on funding

    Consultation on the Scottish Energy Performance Certificate Register (SEPCR), to advise on pending action to amend statutory fees.

  72. 50 affordable homes for Fort William

    £2.5m charitable bond used to fund new homes.

  73. Energy Performance Certificates: introduction

    An introduction to Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), EPC-01.

  74. Energy Performance Certificates and private landlords: guidance

    Guidance on Energy Performance Certificates for landlords in the private rented sector, EPC-03.

  75. Energy Performance Certificates for new dwellings and non-domestic buildings: guidance

    Information on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) relating to new construction, both dwelling and non-domestic buildings, EPC-02.

  76. Energy Performance Certificates and social tenants: guidance

    Guidance on Energy Performance Certificates for tenants in the social rented sector, EPC-06.

  77. Energy Performance Certificates and social landlords: guidance

    Guidance on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for landlords in the social rented sector, EPC-05.

  78. Energy Performance Certificates and private tenants: guidance

    Guidance on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for tenants in the private rented sector, EPC-04.

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