On 1st May 2011 Sustainability labelling was introduced to the Scottish Building Standards through the Building Act.

The labelling system has been designed to reward the achievement of meeting 2010 standards and opting to meet higher levels that include energy and carbon emissions targets but also broader issues such as water efficiency and flexibility in design.

Levels of sustainability are defined as Bronze and Bronze Active, Silver and Silver Active, Gold and Platinum.

The first optional upper level is ‘Silver’. This offers substantial benefits in a range of sustainability aspects and should be achievable by a sector of the mainstream market.

Gold level is much more demanding and initially aimed at those pursuing best practice. Buildings that do exceed Gold can gain Platinum level.

More information on labelling and generating certificates can be found at www.s7sust.co.uk

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