Regulatory requirements for windows: Scotland - A summary of the requirements (Version 1)

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The number of regulatory requirements placed on windows has grown considerably in the last 50 years. At first take one might think that a window is only required to let in the light, provide fresh air when required and keep out the weather. As the following information shows, this is certainly not the case.

This Construction Briefing gives readers a tabularised explanation of each of the different regulatory requirements in Scotland, how they relate to windows and which components are affected by the regulation.

This sheet also covers the sustainability requirements placed on windows and explains the steps TRADA members can take to help them to comply with Scottish Building Regulations.


  • Table of domestic and non-domestic requirements
    • Structure
    • Fire safety
    • Environment - ventilation
    • Safety
    • Energy
    • Physical security
    • General performance
  • Sustainability requirements
    • Responsible sourcing
    • Environmental impact

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