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eNewsletter to Agents (March 2015)

Section 63 of The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

Following consultation between 2011 and 2013, regulations for the assessment and improvement of the carbon and energy performance of existing non-domestic buildings will be laid later this year, to come into force in summer 2016.

Information on the timetable for these regulations and what they will mean for building owners can be found at www.gov.scot/section63.  Further information and resources will be added to the website throughout 2015.

eNewsletter to Agents (February 2015)

2015 energy standards - new non-domestic buildings

In support of forthcoming energy standards, iSBEM v5.2f is now published by BRE on the NCM website - http://www.ncm.bre.co.uk/. This implements the new targets set out within the 2015 Non-domestic Handbook.  This is the version which will be used in support of building warrant applications from 1 October 2015 and is made available to enable designers to investigate solutions to the new standards and to support development of third party FI-SBEM and DSM tools under the new standards. It cannot be used for EPC production at present. 

The companion 2015 NCM Modelling Guide for Scotland, which describes the application of the new target setting specification, is available at www.scotland.gov.uk/s6-2015.  

Airtightness testing of new buildings - Industry changes from 1 January 2015

During 2014, industry and government have worked towards a rationalisation of the airtightness testing industry in the UK. In support of this, a Minimum Technical Competence (MTC) document and a suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) to support the defined function of airtightness tester were developed. From 1 January 2015, recognition of competence of air tightness testers within building regulations in Scotland will be on the basis of their registering organisation implementing requirements for Minimum Technical Competency and application of the new UK NOS for Air Tightness Testing. 

Each registering organisation will publish and maintain a list of current individuals or organisations registered to undertake air tightness testing and the categories of buildings they are registered to test.  Further information on these changes, on registration schemes and the criteria that apply to them is available at www.scotland.gov.uk/soundairtesting.

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