Scottish Building Regulations – Heating and Ventilation – IOA Consultation Response
IOA Scottish Branch have commented on consultation by the Scottish Government on proposals for the review of energy standards set through building regulations, which seek to deliver further improvement to energy efficiency of new buildings and new building work, in line with net zero ambitions.
In responding to the consultation, the branch highlight the need for building owners to be made aware that new heat sources may have noise associated with them, and that a building owner should establish whether new plant is permitted under the Micro Certification Scheme (MCS) or whether planning assessments are required.
On ventilation, it is advised that on commissioning there is value in undertaking sample testing of a proportion of properties to demonstrate compliance as per current sound insulation testing for party wall and floors. It is also recommended that the relationship between ventilation, overheating and acoustics is properly considered. The Acoustics, Ventilation and Overheating Residential Design Guide published in January 2020 by the IOA, with the Association of Noise Consultants is recommended to inform future regulations, given it sets out a process enabling acoustics and noise management, ventilation and overheating to be addressed in a holistic and coherent manner.
The document can be found here – https://www.ioa.org.uk/publications/acoustics-ventilation-and-overheating-residential-design-guide
The consultation can be found here - Scottish Building Regulations: Proposed changes to Energy Standards and associated topics, including Ventilation, Overheating and Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure - Scottish Government - Citizen Space (consult.gov.scot)
The IOA response is attached.