Certification

Certification supports verification through an optional non-mandatory route for the implementation of building regulations in Scotland and is only relevant to work that requires a building warrant. The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 permits the design or construction of building work to be certified by qualified, experienced, and reputable building professionals and tradespeople as complying with the building regulations without the need for detailed scrutiny of designs (or inspections in certain cases) by Local Authorities.

Structural Certification
Structural Design Certification
Structural Engineers Registration Ltd has been appointed by the Scottish Government's Building Standards Division to administer a scheme for Certification of Design (Building Structures)
Energy Design Certification
BRE is a scheme provider for the Approved Certifiers of Design (ACD) Schemes Energy for Domestic (housing) and Non Domestic (commercial) Buildings in Scotland.
Electrical Certification
Certification is based on the principle that suitably qualified and experienced building professionals and tradesmen accept responsibility for ensuring compliance with building regulations
Plumbing Drainage and Heating Certification
Approved Certifiers of Construction are suitably qualified and experienced professionals who operate under, and are registered by, scheme providers such as SNIPEF.

Certification

Certification may only be undertaken by an approved Certifier of Design or an approved Certifier of Construction who is registered in an appropriate approved certification scheme and, where relevant, holds the appropriate designation(s) in such a scheme. They must also be employed by a body (a business or other body) that has been approved as adopting suitably professional practice to provide a certification service, including quality assurance procedures to check compliance with building regulations and is registered in an appropriate approved certification scheme. The certification system is operated by the Scottish Government's Building Standards Division (BSD) and is delivered through schemes approved by Scottish Ministers. Certification is applicable to both design and construction of building work.

Certifiers of Design - Structure

Certification supports verification through an optional non-mandatory route for the implementation of building regulations in Scotland and is only relevant to work that requires a building warrant. The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 permits the design or construction of building work to be certified by qualified, experienced, and reputable building professionals and tradespeople as complying with the building regulations without the need for detailed scrutiny of designs (or inspections in certain cases) by Local Authorities.

Certifiers of Design - Energy

Calculating energy use is complex and is becoming more specialised. Energy Design Certifiers can help building owners and developers meet these energy standards and they can issue Certificates of Design which provide assurance of compliance.

Certifiers of Construction - Electrical

To become an Approved Certifier an individual must belong to an approved scheme and meet rigorous standards agreed with the Scottish Government Building Standards Division (BSD). They must also be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of building regulations.

SNIPEF Certification - Plumbing Heating & Drainage

SNIPEF operates the Approved Certifier of Construction Scheme (ACCS) which was approved by Scottish Ministers in December 2009 and allows individuals (Approved Certifiers of Construction) to “self-certify” drainage, plumbing and heating work which is subject to a Building Warrant. The Approved Certifier must be directly employed by a business (Approved Body) who must be a member of the plumbing industry licensing scheme or at least meet the criteria of the scheme which is operated by SNIPEF.

Non-Certified Work

This guidance provides 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, theLABSS membership.