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British Standards to remain in place in Scotland

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British Standards, such as BS 5950, can continue to be used in Scotland after 31 March 2010.

Following a meeting between the BCSA President Jack Sanderson and Professor Russel Griggs Chairman of the Regulatory Standard Division, it has been agreed that a list of both the Eurocodes and the soon to be withdrawn British Standards will be included in the guidance issued by Building Standards in Scotland.

“The Scottish Technical Handbooks will be amended to reflect this change,” said Dr David Moore, BCSA Director of Engineering.

BSI withdrew all British Standards last month that conflict with the Eurocodes. BCSA members are reminded that the Building Regulations in England, Wales and Scotland are expressed in functional terms and do not dictate the national design standard that should be used.

A BSI committee responsible for BS 5950 – structural use of steelwork in building – has confirmed that it is safe to use this standard until at least 2014/15.

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