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Scottish Building Standards Agency

New guidance on the cost of meeting changes to energy standards proposed for 2010 is set out in a report researched and written by Davis Langdon with energy modelling by AECOM. The work was commissioned by the Building Standards Division of the Scottish Government.

The recently completed study assesses the cost of a range of targets for reducing CO2 emissions and cutting energy costs for different types of buildings.

The findings are being used to inform a review of the building regulations in Scotland. We understand that a consultation on proposed changes will be issued later this year.

Colin Proctor, Project Director for Davis Langdon said: “The report is an evaluation of the capital and lifecycle cost impacts of measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and demand for delivered energy for a range of non-domestic building types in Scotland. The report is designed to bring clarity to the low carbon agenda”.

Cost and energy models were developed for 4 ‘baseline’ building types (a primary school, a secondary school, a city centre office and retail warehouse). A number of potential improvement scenarios were then applied with the aim of achieving reductions in CO2 emissions of 25%, 37%, 50% and for the schools 80%, and reductions in delivered energy consumption of 25%, 37% and 50%.

Marian Hamilton, Project Director for AECOM said: “The report presents the methodology and findings from the study, along with an extrapolation of the potential national impact of implementing various levels of reductions. This will provide developers more clarity of cost implications and viability of meeting the desired energy outcomes”.

The study concludes that the 4 building types have significantly different regulated energy consumption profiles. For example, for the retail warehouse, in excess of 80% of the regulated energy consumption is attributable to lighting, whilst for the schools, heating represents the greatest proportion of the overall consumption.

Hamilton adds: “The study looks at the buildings as a whole and outlines various scenarios which have an effect on energy standards. The report outlines the findings and is designed to be a working document which presents outcomes to many different variables”.

The report is available via the following link

For more information contact Gary Moss or Marian Hamilton

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