Scotland's version of England and Wales' Part L energy-conservation Building Regulation has come into force today (1 May).
The potential impact of the far-reaching Section 6 of the Scottish Building Regulations is as yet unknown. However, if experience south of the border is anything to go by, the new laws could catch some architects on the hop (AJ 19.04.07).
Among the stringent new demands on all schemes submitted after today are:heavy reductions in CO2 emissions;tougher U-values;low-energy lighting; andhigh-efficiency condensing boilers in new homes.
Intriguingly, the new Scottish rules are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of new regulations on energy emissions from new builds.
Following the Scottish Executive elections and a proposed review of current energy standards later this month, there is expected to be further legislation.
Speaking to the AJ, Joanne Boyle of the Scottish Building Standards Agency (SBSA), the body in charge of drawing up Section 6, said: 'It is likely that there will be changes within four years - whenever it happens it will be more stringent.'by Richard Waite