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Building regulations

The Building Regulations are laws laid down by Parliament to control the design and construction of buildings in Scotland by prescribing the level of performance required to safeguard the health and safety of people in and around buildings.

The Building Regulations are minimum standards for the design and construction of buildings to safeguard, as far as possible, the health and safety of people in and around a property.

The Building Regulations are supported by Technical Handbooks that provide practical guidance and cover many aspects of building design including structural stability, fire safety, prevention of dampness and condensation, sound insulation, ventilation, energy conservation, drainage, electrical safety, housing standards, access and toilet provisions for the disabled.

The Building Regulations are constantly under review and changes are made to reflect new technology and user's needs e.g. higher thermal insulation to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions.

The Building Regulations set standards applicable to design and construction of a building under six sections:

Structure Mechanical resistance and stability
Fire Safety in case of fire
Environment Hygiene, health and environment
Safety Safety in use
Noise Protection against noise
Energy Energy, economy and heat retention

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