What are Building Standards?
Building Standards responsibilities evolve from the Building (Scotland) Act 2003, which covers all types of buildings, to secure the health, safety, welfare and convenience persons in or about buildings and those who may be affected by buildings or matters connected with buildings. In addition to this, Building Standards exist to further the conservation of fuel and power, and to further encourage sustainable development.
As a result of the 2003 Act, Local Authorities have been appointed as sole Verifiers of the Building Standards function for their own geographical area of responsibility.
Verifiers carry the responsibility of ensuring, after reasonable enquiry that the functional standards set out in the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 2004 are met.
This can be achieved by complying with the associated Technical Handbooks. There are two Handbooks, one for Domestic and the other covering Non-Domestic property.
Verifiers can choose to ensure compliance by a variety of means, these may include:
- Pre-Warrant site visit
- Pre-application advice
- Desktop appraisal of submission
- Confirmation of compliance of elements via Approved Certifiers of Design and Construction
- Consultations with appropriate third parties, and Periodic inspection of the works on site