Scottish Building Standards: Domestic: Section 4: Safety - A summary of changes in 2007 edition (Version 1)

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The changes to Section 4: Safety in 2007 represents a significant shift in philosophy. The thinking and techniques have moved on a long way since the last major technical review seven years ago, with many new tried and tested approaches to making dwellings accessible to all.

This Construction Briefing is a summary of the main amendments made to Section 4 of the Scottish Building Regulations in the 2007 edition.

As well as examining the changes, this document also covers the main principles which underpin these changes, chiefly, the move away from designing for just 'visitability' and towards 'liveability' and the reviewed condition levels at which someone can be expected to live in the short of medium term while recovering from injury.



  • Summary of the amendments made in 2007
    • Standard 4.1 access to buildings
    • Standard 4.2 access within buildings
    • Standard 4.3 stairs and ramps
    • Standard 4.4 protective barriers
    • Standard 4.6 electrical fixtures
    • Standard 4.8 danger from accidents

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