Scottish Government Announce Building Regulations Timeline

The Scottish Government has published the updated version of its Building Regulations. Changes are due to come into force from the 1st December 2022.

The Building Regulations’ revised standards and guidance are now available for review, alongside the supporting building services guides and the NCM guide for Section 6 (energy). A summary document with key changes and the Scottish Government’s Response to the process is also available on the energy review consultation webpage.

Timeline of changes

The implementation date for Scotland has been amended to 1st December 2022. Changes to standards for energy performance, ventilation, overheating and sustainability will apply to new building work from this date.

At present, Building Research Establishment (BRE) has advised the following:

  • The iSBEM tool and SBEM specification for Scotland will be made available to developers from the start of July 2022.
  • The SAP 10 specification for Scotland and supporting test cases will be issued at the start of August 2022.

A summary of the key changes is available on the Scottish Government’s Technical Handbooks 2022 webpage. These have been added to the recent changes which address the fire safety of cladding, introduced on 1st June 2022.

Stroma Certification is in the process of reviewing all the relevant documentation and will aim to advise on key information shortly.