Scottish Building Standards: Non-domestic: Section 6: Energy - A summary of changes in 2007 edition (Version 1)

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The 2007 edition to Section 6: Energy of the SBSA Technical Handbook represents a major change in approach to controlling energy usage in buildings. Much of the change has been driven by the need to comply with the requirements of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). This brings Scotland's requirements broadly into line with England & Wales and Northern Ireland.

The most significant change has been to standard 6.1: carbon dioxide emissions. Where before three approaches to compliance were offered for new non-domestic buildings (elemental, Heat Loss Method and Carbon Emissions Calculation Method), this has been replaced with one single whole building methodology approach, as used elsewhere in the UK.

This Construction Briefing is a summary of the changes made to the 2007 edition of Section 6 of the Scottish Building Regulations; it collates the key points of the new regulations and offers readers an explanation on why the changes were necessary, and what the practical impacts of the changes might be.


  • Transitional procedures
  • Summary of amendments in 2007 edition
    • Standard 6.1 - Carbon dioxide emissions
    • Backstop performance levels
    • Accredited construction details
    • Air tightness testing
    • Heating systems
    • Artificial lighting, mechanical ventilation and air conditioning
    • Commissioning building services and written information
    • Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Metering

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