RIAS-Regs provides a number of Schemes, each one of which is operated under license from the Building Standards Division of the Scottish Government. These are:
Each Scheme has a separate and distinct legal status, however, as far as possible, we have streamlined the process by which an applicant can become a member of each.
Certification of Design
The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 provides the opportunity for design professionals in the construction industry practising in Scotland to be able to certify that a design meets one or more Sections of the Technical Standards.
To do so a designer must demonstrate and maintain competency in that Section of the Technical Standards by becoming an Approved Certifier of Design recognised by a Scheme Provider approved by Scottish Ministers.
Scottish Government Guidance on the role of certification as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak – 17 June 2020
Over recent weeks the RIAS and RIAS-Regs has been liaising with the Scottish Government and the wider industry with regard to many aspects of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes a growing recognition that the Certification of Design and the Certification of Construction, have roles to play in minimising the Public Health risks associated with visits to construction sites. This is detailed in a letter form Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning to the Chief Executive of each of Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities.
View the letter here
There has never been a better time to ensure that your clients are aware of the services you can offer as an Approved Certifier of Design (Section 6 – Energy) and the advantages that these can bring to their projects.
Energy Performance Building Directive (EPD)
Approved Certifiers of Design (Section 6 – Energy) who wish to lodge EPCs with the Scottish EPC Register, must become a Member of an Approved Organisation. RIAS-regs no longer operates as an Approved Organisation of a New Build Domestic Energy Assessment Scheme. A full list of those who do, can be found at: https://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/Building/Building-standards/enerperfor/epcorgprg
Approved Certifiers of Design (Domestic) can opt in to the Scheme provided by Quidos, without further training and lodge EPCs for new domestic buildings. For details of the Quidos Scheme follow the link to: https://quidos.co.uk/ Quidos have agreed to waive their membership fee for the first 12 months of Membership, but Members should check that their choice of SAP software is supported by the Approved Organisation of their choice.
Approved Certifiers of Design (Non-domestic) can opt in to be a CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant (if not already registered) and lodge EPCs for new non-domestic buildings with the Scottish EPC Register. For details of the CIBSE Scheme follow the link to: https://www.cibsecertification.co.uk/About-us/About-Energy-Certificates/Energy-Performance-Certificates
Follow the links under the “Schemes Tab” above for relevant web links
The Benefits of Design Certification
Building Control Officers
Building Control Officers working for one of the 32 Scottish Local Authorities can join the Scheme on a zero cost, non-certifier CPD basis in order to take advantage of free access to the Learning Materials and Practical SAP Test (see FAQ’s). We are keen for feedback from all applicants as it helps us improve the competency tests and strengthens a shared understanding of the requirements of the Technical Standards.
Simply follow the Registration process and tick the CPD button on the registration page.