Scottish Building Standards: Section 6: Energy - A summary of the proposed changes in the 2013 edition (Version 1)

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In January 2013 the Scottish Government published a consultation package of proposed changes to the Building (Scotland) Regulation 2004 technical guidance, contained in Section 6 (Energy) of the Technical Handbooks. Entitled Lower carbon buildings - a review of energy standards and guidance within Scottish building regulations the scope of the consultation includes Domestic and Non-Domestic buildings.

The consultation package contains the proposed revised chapters and clauses reproduced in full, supported by 'Business and Regulatory' impact assessments which provide useful background information and lay out the rationale for the changes.

This Construction Briefing summarises the key proposed changes to Section 6 of the Scottish Building Standards, giving readers a useful commentary on how the changes would impact the construction of both domestic and non-domestic buildings.

This briefing delivers background to the consultation, explaining why it was deemed necessary, and what impact the findings may have.



  • Background and scope
  • Overview of proposed changes for non-domestic buildings
    • Standard 6.1 Carbon dioxide emissions
    • Table of notional building fabric and services recipe summary
    • Standard 6.2 Building insulation envelope
    • Standards 6.3 to 6.6 Building services guidance
  • Overview of proposed changes for domestic buildings
    • Standard 6.1 Carbon dioxide emissions
    • Fuel package summary table
    • Standard 6.2 Building envelope insulation
    • Maximum U-values for building elements
    • Standards 6.3 to 6.7 Building services guidance

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