Section 7 is the sustainability element of Building Regulations in Scotland which was launched in 2010 as a voluntary addition for developers who were keen to build to a more eco-friendly standard.
There are six levels to Section 7 – Bronze, Bronze Active, Silver, Silver Active, Gold and Platinum. For new buildings, both domestic and commercial should display a Section 7 Certificate to show which level has been achieved.
The lowest level is Bronze and to achieve this you need to make sure the building shows compliance with the other six Sections of Building Regulations. That’s it.
Bronze Active is the same as above, but must include some form of renewable or low carbon technology, such as solar panels or a heat pump.
Silver is where it starts to get more tricky. There are eight sections to a Silver certificate – all of which need to be achieved. These sections include reducing the Emission Rate by 45% (compared to the 2007 target), meeting a fabric energy efficiency target and showing at least 5% of the hot water demand is covered by heat recovery or renewable sources. All three of these points can be proved using a SAP or SBEM assessment.
You would also need to meet specific flow rates for taps, showers etc, provide a Quick Start Guide for the building (similar to the pamphlet you get with a new TV), install energy display devices, provide a space to be used as a home office, have the building tested for sound proofing and provide facilities for recycling.
Silver Active is achieved if the building applies with the above requirements for a Silver status, but also includes renewable technology.
To achieve a Gold rating, you need to cover the same points as listed in Silver, but the targets are tougher to achieve.
The final Platinum rating is achieved by meeting all of the gold requirements, and achieving a Building Emission Rate of zero or lower. It’s thought more requirements will be added to the Platinum level over time.
Regardless of which level you’re building to we can complete assessments and offer advice to make sure you hit the right target.