Building (Scotland) Regulations: Section 7: Sustainability - A summary of the proposed requirements (Version 1)

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As part of a rolling updates programme, it September 2012 the Scottish Government published a consultation package inviting review and feedback on proposed changes to five sections of the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004, Technical Handbooks. The consultation was published in four packages.

This Construction Briefing examines the proposed requirements which come into effect in Autumn 2013, and what the potential impact for TRADA members might be.

The sheet covers a number of the new requirements laid out by Section 7 of the Scottish Building Regulations, including the changes to acceptable Carbon dioxide emissions, water efficiency and material use and waste.


  • Background
    • Definition of sustainability hierarchy for new buildings
  • Summary of the proposed changes
    • Aspect level 1: Carbon dioxide emissions
    • Aspect level 2: Energy for thermal comfort and artificial lighting
    • Aspect level 3: Water efficiency
    • Aspect level 4: Biodiversity
    • Aspect level 5: Wellbeing
    • Aspect level 6: Flexibility and adaptability
    • Aspect level 7: Material and waste
    • Aspect level 8: Overall performance

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