Building Regulations In Scotland – Ensuring People’s Safety

This briefing will consider building regulations, laws and how to implement them to ensure people’s safety.

The context

Recent high profile and tragic incidents have demonstrated the fundamental importance of buildings being safe and healthy places for people to live, work, learn, be in or around.

With the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee expanding their inquiry into housing and building regulations, how can we make our built environment as secure as possible?

This essential briefing will examine the law, regulations and practice in ensuring the safety of people in and about Scotland’s buildings.

Key learning objectives

  • Get an up-to-date brief on the latest building safety regulations, how to comply and meet requirements
  • Understand your role, responsibilities and legal duties in meeting safety standards
  • Examine good practice, implementation of standards and consider solutions with experts and peers


09:15 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

10:05 Session 1: Building Standards In Scotland

  • Overview on the current building standards system in Scotland 
  • Update on recent review of Building Standards Performance Framework for Verifiers
  • Understanding roles, responsibilities and legal duties
  • Fire safety guidance and prevention measures
  • Ensuring regulations are properly implemented
  • Technical guidance to ensure buildings are safe, efficient and sustainable
  • Improving customer engagement and compliance with the building regulations

10:05 Bill Dodds, Head of Building Standards, Scottish Government

10.25 Why the Need for Fire Safety? 

  • SFRS background
  • Auditing
  • Legal duties in meeting safety standards

Mike Smith, National Fire Safety Enforcement Officer and Watch Manager, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

10:45 Building Regulations: Lessons and ideas from other regulatory regimes

Lessons and ideas from other regulatory regimes, including:

  • planning
  • environment
  • health & safety

Robin Hutchison, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

11:05 Questions and Discussion

11:35 Refreshments and Networking

11:55 Session 2: Workshop Seminar

  • Taking advantage of the learning from the morning, collective knowledge, experience and expertise in the room, attendees will lead the discussions by identifying the key issues, challenges and solutions to improve the effective operation of the building standards system.

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:50 Session 3: Good Practice Seminar

  • A series of inputs will provide learning and insights into exemplar building standards performance to take back to your setting.

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


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Delegate rates (excluding VAT)

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635 

23 November 2017



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