Building Standards technical handbook 2017: domestic buildings

The Building Standards 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. This publication is available in html and also in PDF format (in 'supporting documents' ).

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0.6 Limited life buildings

Regulation 6

For the purposes of paragraph 3 of schedule 1 of the Act (which enables special provision to be made for buildings intended to have a limited life) a period of five years is hereby specified.

0.6.1 Explanation

Regulation 6 deals with constructions that are intended to have only a short life span on site and in view of this the mandatory standards and associated guidance give some concessions to such buildings. These concessions only apply to buildings which are not dwellings.

Standard 3.1 in schedule 5 allows a lesser standard for the treatment of the site of a limited life building, other than a dwelling.

Section 6 Energy, indicates that less demanding U-values can be adopted for the insulation envelope of certain types of limited life buildings, other than dwellings and residential buildings.

Section 7 Sustainability, does not apply to these limited life buildings.

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