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S5W-09829: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00595 by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities on 20 June 2017 (Official Report, c. 5), what differences there are between the building standards regulations for high- and low-rise flats.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 29 June 2017

The functional standards in the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 for fire safety do not differentiate between high and low rise flats, the requirements are the same. These have, limiting fire spread, means of escape of occupants and assistance to the fire service as the purpose behind them.

The Technical Handbooks which support these standards give different measures to meeting the standard, because there is a greater degree of risk for a high rise domestic building which is defined as being “a domestic building with any storey at a height of more than 18 metres above the ground”.

I will arrange for officials to provide a brief summary of the main differences contained within the Domestic Technical Handbook, copied to the Convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee of the Scottish Parliament.