We previously reported how the Scottish Government was running a consultation looking at fire safety for people who live in high rise domestic buildings. The consultation closed on 17th July and the Scottish Government has now announced changes to the Scottish Building Standards technical handbook that strengthen the requirements affecting external wall cladding for buildings over 11m tall.
The new standards will come into force on 1st October 2019 and require that any external wall cladding on a domestic building with a storey height more than 11m above ground should be constructed from products which achieve European Classification A1 or A2. This is a more stringent requirement on the type of materials used than is currently in place. Also the current regulations define a high rise building as one with any storey at a height of more than 18 metres above the ground.
The Scottish Government also advise that other changes include additional escape stairs and storey identification signs to help fire and rescue services and increasing requirements for the range and accessibility of sanitary facilities for people with more complex care needs in larger, new buildings.
The new Building Standards technical handbook can be found on the Scottish Government’s website at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/building-standards-technical-handbook-2019-domestic-buildings/