Section 7 - Sustainability
The intention of Section 7 - Sustainability is to:
- recognise the level of sustainability already achieved by the building regulations i.e. currently Bronze Level + Silver Aspect 1 only for domestic dwellings.
- encourage more demanding sustainability standards through enhanced upper levels e.g. Full Silver Level compliance (Aspects 1-8).
- encourage consistency between planning authorities that use supplementary guidance to promote higher measures of sustainable construction in their geographical areas. By making reference to this standard, local aspirations can be met by selection of clear national benchmarks.
Aspect is a term used for a subject area of sustainability. Due to the coverage of building standards and the position of the warrant process in the overall development process, aspects covering resource use and performance are more prominent in this standard. Examples of aspects named and defined in this standard for dwellings are:
- Energy for space and water heating
- Well-being and security, and
- Material use and waste
Level is the term used as a banding, where all the aspects of sustainability have reached a certain cut-off point i.e. Bronze, Silver, Gold or in the future Platinum.
The Glasgow Standard
The Glasgow Standard outlines Glasgow City Council’s commitment to ensure that new homes are future proof and have high sustainability considerations that will protect residents from rising energy costs and help to contribute to the Council’s carbon emissions reduction targets.
Housing and Regeneration Services are actively encouraging housing associations to be ambitious in trying to exceed current energy efficiency and sustainability targets and to develop housing which will be exemplars across the country.
Glasgow City Council has committed to the principle that all new housing developments, submitted for approval and funded through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, should comply Section 7 – Sustainability “Gold Level Aspect 1” + “Silver Level Aspects 2-8”. This minimum standard will apply to all new build projects from 1st September 2018.
All developers of affordable housing are required to appoint an Approved Certifier of Design and Independent Assessor to verify that compliance with Section 6 – Energy and Section 7 – Sustainability has been achieved prior to completion. This will require assessors to form part of the Design Team as the project develops to ensure that compliance is achieved, whilst avoiding the requirement for any costly retrospective action on site.