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Scottish regs set for refit
New supervisor
training
nMinisters are considering would be a further improvement The move to reduce carbon
standard
industry views on proposed on these levels. The deadline for emissions from new homes and
changes to energy standards comments was 2 October. new non-domestic buildings was
announced
under the Building Regulations in The amendments to the first announced in February this
Scotland. standards and guidance within year by Stewart Stevenson, Scottish The UK Contractors Group
The Scottish Government Section 6 of the Building Standards minister for transport, infrastructure (UKCG) will introduce a new
intends to reduce carbon emissions Division Technical Handbooks and climate change. supervisor training standard on
from new homes and non-domestic are expected to come into force in Scottish energy standards and 1 January 2010.
buildings and new building works October 2010. Minor changes were guidance were last revised in May It is designed to ensure that
by 30 per cent beyond current also proposed to Section 3, on the 2007. supervisors working on their
standards. environment and ventilation. www.sbsa.gov.uk sites can demonstrate that they
Issues raised in the consultation have the necessary knowledge
include thermal performance of and skills to supervise their
cavity walls, sample air tightness workers effectively.
testing for all new buildings, and
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Stephen Ratcliffe, director
mechanical ventilation and cooling of UKCG, a new trade body
systems. that was launched earlier this
The consultation also considers year, said: ‘UKCG has identified
works to existing dwellings, known the need to tighten up the
as ‘consequential improvements’, competence of supervisors to
where extensions are built to help improve health and safety
homes. The Scottish government performance.
has proposed to introduce two ‘This standard is the means
levels of fundamental U-values by which members will tackle
for walls, floors, roofs, windows, the issue. There are a number
doors and rooflights for extensions of training courses available
to dwellings: the first set would be that will deliver training to the
the U-value levels proposed for the standard.’
2010 guidance; and the second set Scottish Parliament... amendments to Building Regulations are expected.
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