LABSS Technical and Procedural Information Papers
LABSS seek to provide information and guidance to verifiers, designers and the public. These encompass topics where questions have been asked with respect to the meaning behind particular standards and where potential disputes have arisen both within the building standards profession and in discussions with applicants, relevant persons etc.
ADOPTED INFORMATION PAPERS AND DOCUMENTS
- INFOP01/2015 Version 1 - Adopted - Scottish Gas Improvement Programme
- INFOP03/2015 Version 2 - Adopted - Use of uncontrolled self closing devices on fire doors in domestic buildings
- INFOP04/2015 Version 2 - Adopted - EWI Installations - Administration Processes
- INFOP05/2018 Version 2 - Adopted - Updated EWI installations - Notes for Designers
- INFOP08/2015 Version 1 - Adopted - Location of electrical fittings following alterations
- INFOP09/2016 Version 4 - Adopted - EWI applied to timber frame timber clad buildings
- INFOP10/2016 Version 1 - Adopted - Ventilation of drains -AAV's
- INFOP11/2016 Version 2 - Adopted - Consultations with Scottish Water
- INFOP12/2016 Version 1 - Adopted - Provision of accessible entrances
- INFOP13/2016 Version 3 - Adopted - Secondary Glazing
- INFOP14/2016 Version 3 - Adopted - Infiltration Systems for Wastewater Treatment
- INFOP16/2016 Version 10 - Adopted - Space for Future Shower in Dwellings
- INFOP17/2017 Version 3 - Adopted - Buildings ancillary to dwellings
- INFOP18/2017 Version 4 - Adopted - Caravans and Mobile Homes
- INFOP20/2018 Version 1 - Adopted - Site Specific Issues associated with Replacement Conservatory roofs of Solid Construction
- INFOP21/2019 Version 1 - In preparation - Composting Toilets in Non-Domestic Buildings
- SAP Data Verification and Completion Checklist (v.1) - Adopted - LABSS SAP publication - a document utilised by LA to review SAP submissions and which can be used by an applicant on what to expect to be checked when making a submission -
- Robust Details in Scotland - http://www.robustdetails.com/guidance and Handbook.
- Water supply for fire-fighting (see recent publication by SFRS),
- SEPA Water Assessment and Drainage Assessment Guide prepared by the Sustainable Urban Drainage Scottish Working Party (SUDSWP).
LABSS Procedural guidance on verification of certified and non-certified routes for compliance with the building regulations
The building standards system in Scotland is one of the most robust in the world; it sets high standards in construction, sustainability and energy efficiency requirements, and local authorities provide an enviable record of monitoring compliance. Building Standards Certification is now an established although optional part of the system, but what happens when work is not covered by a Certificate of Design or a Certificate of Construction?
Prompted by the Scottish Ministers, a Certification Workshop in September 2014, attended by all interested parties, led to the recommendation that where not covered by a Certificate of Design or a Certificate of Construction “guidance be developed to encourage a consistent approach to the verification of certifiable work”. In accepting this challenge, the LABSS position has always been clear; local authorities and the scheme providers do not provide an equivalent service. LABSS members undertake reasonable inquiry while certifiers assure compliance and are directly responsible for the work they certify. There is no expectation that individual building standards surveyors become as expert as practitioners in certifiable topics.
What this guidance does is provide an approach to risk assessing certifiable work based on good practice, it takes the opportunity to make this good practice more widely known, and it provides the opportunity for a more consistent approach to risk assessing nationwide. The result is this suite of LABSS guidance notes drafted with contributions from the Scottish Government’s Building Standards Division, the various certification scheme providers and, of course, the LABSS membership..
BSD Guidance and Opinion
- BSD Opinion on alternative approach on the Design of an Accessible Service Counter - Registered Detail (LABSSRD21)1– Coral Racing Ltd
- BSD Opinion on alternative approach to the Protected Enclosure of a Stairway within a 3-storey Dwelling
- BSD Opinion on alternative approach to Location of Future Stairlift in Dwellings
- BSD Conservatory Guide - Amended to take account of 2015 Changes
- BSD issue a Guidance Document to Summarise the Changes in the 2015 Technical Handbooks
- BSD Guidance publication on Whisky Maturation Warehouses
LETTERS TO VERIFIERS
- BSD Letter to Verifiers - Whisky maturation warehouses - storage buildings (class 1) – Standard 2.1 Compartmentation and Standard 2.6 Spread to neighbouring buildings
- BSD Letter to Verifiers - Application of building regulations and change of use
- BSD Letter to Verifiers - Schedule 5: Mandatory Standard 6.2 airtightness testing of new buildings – evidence of competence of testers
- BSD Letter to Verifiers - Building (Scotland) Act 2003 – Amendments introduced by the Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Act 2014
- BSD Letter to Verifiers - Schedule 5: Mandatory Standard 3.12 Sanitary facilities – takeaway food shops
- BSD Letter to Verifiers - Section 34 - Notification of Application for Building Warrant - Section 2 Fire
MINISTERIAL VIEWS AND RELAXATIONS
LABSS Procedural guidance
LABSS are putting together a nationally agreed protocol for building standards practitioners, local authorities and applicants to resolve any questions, queries or disputes over matters of procedure or technical interpretation. It is framed with the intention of all parties engaging at an early stage to resolve the issue quickly and to the satisfaction of all parties.
Members should follow this link for more information on the Disputes Resolution Process - Technical and Procedural.
- If you are a homeowner, designer, developer or an applicant follow this link for Advice on a Dispute Resolution Process - Technical and Procedural.
LABSS Partnership schemes information papers
Detailed information papers are available under all of the Partnership Schemes covering Partnering Authority Scheme, Expert Liaison Group, STAS, Registered Details and Stakeholder Engagement (Memorandums of Understanding). Follow the links below for further information.
LABSS are at the forefront of delivering national Partnership Schemes and to aid the process they provide detailed help and guidance covering:-
- The Expert Liaison Group investigates compliance issues arising from the Building Standards Regulatory process wherever they occur,
- Scottish Type Approval Scheme (STAS) approves standard domestic and non-domestic buildings to be built anywhere in Scotland,
- Registered Details, in collaboration with LABC, provides registrations of components, products and innovative designs acceptable throughout the whole of the UK,
- Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) provide a framework for discussion and agreements between building standards verifiers, their stakeholders and LABSS.
Find out more about :
- Expert liaison group
- STAS - General
- STAS - Domestic
- STAS - Non-Domestic
- Registered Details
- Memorandum of understanding
Local Authority Guidance
Follow this Scottish Government link https://beta.gov.scot/publications/building-standards-contact-information/ to find your local authority and access their local guidance