More oversight needed to enforce Scottish building standards?

The environment group Greenpeace has urged that Building Regulations be enforced by a national agency.

Under the current system, builders can self-certify that they have applied with the relevant codes, with limited oversight by council officials. Greenpeace views this as problematic, and, as part of their case, assert that building energy standards must be made more stringent in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Housebuilders and the Scottish Government were at pains to highlight that emissions have decreased by 70% in the past 3 years, with Homes for Scotland calling for more action to retrofit existing homes.

Doug Parr, head of policy with Greenpeace UK, told BBC Scotland said "That whole regime needs to change from being a bit of a loose end that local authorities have to pick up at some point, to being a properly nationally-co-ordinated programme."

A spokesman for St Andrew's House responded that building standards were reviewed and updated on a regular basis: "A review considering where the greatest opportunities lie for further, cost-effective and practical improvements is currently under way and is expected to be completed in 2021."

Article published: 19th August 2019

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