Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Building Regulations Scotland, 2013 Amendments

The 2013 Edition of the Technical Handbooks are now available online: hard copies of these documents will no longer be available. The revised handbooks support the Building (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 which are scheduled to come into force on 1 October 2013. 

The amendments are limited in extent with the principle revisions being as follows:
  • Section 0 (General) has been revised primarily to accommodate the Construction Products Regulation 2011 (CPR), which becomes effective for manufacturers, importers and distributors on 1 July 2013. Described as the most significant change for a decade in the way in which construction products are manufactured and sold in the European Union, under the CPR it will be mandatory that many construction products provide a declaration of performance and carry the CE mark to demonstrate this.
  • Section 2 (Fire) sets out that the obligation to install an automatic fire suppression system does not apply to new buildings forming part of, or an extension to, an existing school if it is not reasonably practicable to do so.  (This backtracks on 2010 requirements which have proved unnecessarily costly in certain situations).
  • Section 3 (Environment) introduces a new standard requiring water efficiency measures for water closets and wash basins within dwellings.  The requirement for waste storage accommodation for new houses has been removed; this now applies only to new flats and maisonettes.  Requirements for the installation of carbon monoxide detection have also been introduced.
  • Section 7 (Sustainability) introduces a requirement for school buildings containing classrooms to meet specified levels of sustainability.
Amendments are also to be made to the completion certificate forms for the process of submitting a fire safety design summary at completion of a non-domestic building. This summary will provide information in connection with the building, which will assist in the operation and maintenance of the building for fire safety purposes.

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