The intention of Section 6 is to ensure that effective measures for the conservation of fuel and power are incorporated in buildings. In addition to limiting energy demand by addressing the performance of the building fabric and fixed building services, a carbon dioxide emissions standard obliges designers of new buildings to consider building design in a holistic way. with the aim of net zero carbon buildings in 2016/17, if practical.
The Updated details for Section 6 2015 were released for Scotland, including new Technical Handbooks for Domestic & Non Domestic
The aim is to achieve a 21% aggregated reduction in emissions over 2010 standards for domestic dwellings, and a 43% aggregated reduction for non-domestic buildings.
The 2015 guidance is applicable to building warrants submitted, and building work undertaken, from 1 October 2015.
The Headlines over 2010 regulations are as follows:-
- Significantly better U-value performance for all new Buildings
- Increased insulation thickness and wider construction footprints
- The need to embrace innovative products and systems to aid compliance
- Much earlier involvement of specialists for the necessary technical input
- Additional calculation and information required for SAP calculations
- Greater complexity with thermal bridges.
- Additional emphasis on quality of construction and on-site guidance
- More stringent on-site testing and checking regulation
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