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Shading & The New UK Building Regulations

Shading & The New UK Building Regulations - Overheating

Expert Shading Solutions for Optimal Home Comfort:

Meet UK Building Regulations with The Scottish Shutter Company

In the UK, Building Regulations ensure that structures are safe, efficient, and comfortable for residents. Recent updates to these regulations in England, Wales, and Scotland have significantly focused on the environmental impact of buildings, particularly in terms of energy efficiency and thermal comfort. At The Scottish Shutter Company, we understand how critical it is to align with these regulations for compliance and the comfort and sustainability of your home.

Understanding the Regulations: England’s Part O and Scotland’s Building Standards

England’s Part O: Overheating Mitigation

Introduced in June 2022, Part O of the Building Regulations in England targets mitigating overheating in residential buildings. The regulation is a response to rising temperatures due to climate change. It aims to ensure that new homes remain comfortable without excessive use of air conditioning. Key requirements include:

  • Design to minimise internal temperatures involves strategic window placement and shading to reduce solar gains.
  • Adequate natural ventilation to allow for effective cooling.
  • Limiting heat gains through windows may involve tinted glazing or external shading devices.

Scotland’s Building Standards: Energy and Environment

While Scotland’s regulations do not have a specific section on overheating like England’s Part O, Sections 3 and 6 of the Scottish Building Standards focus on the environment and energy, respectively. These standards ensure that buildings efficiently manage energy use while maintaining a comfortable indoor environment.

Requirements related to thermal comfort primarily revolve around the following:

  • Effective insulation to keep homes warm in winter and cool in summer.
  • Balanced ventilation systems that provide fresh air and temperature control.
  • Thoughtful window design that considers the impacts of solar gain and energy efficiency.

The Role of Shading Systems

At The Scottish Shutter Company, we specialise in internal and external shading systems that enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal and significantly boost its energy performance. Here’s how our products can help you meet and exceed these regulations:

  1. External Shading Solutions

External shutters, screens and awnings are crucial in controlling the sunlight entering your home. By installing these systems, you can significantly reduce solar heat gain, a key component of Part O in England. In Scotland, where the emphasis is more on energy efficiency and insulation, external shading can help maintain consistent internal temperatures, reducing the reliance on heating and cooling systems.

Awnings are perfect for covering larger areas such as patios and decks, reducing the heat entering through doors and windows.

External shutters can be adjusted to control the amount of light and air entering the home, providing a customisable solution to heat management.

Fixed external screen systems such as Microlouvre are excellent at keeping the heat out of your rooms while still allowing you to connect with the outside world.

  1. Internal Shading Solutions

Internal shades, including plantation shutters, blinds, and Duette shades, offer precise control over light and privacy and contribute to thermal insulation.

Plantation shutters are highly effective at insulating windows, reducing the need for winter heating, and keeping rooms cool in summer by helping to block out unwanted solar heat.

Duette shades are designed with a unique honeycomb structure that traps air, providing excellent insulation at the window.

  1. Specialised Solutions for Unique Window Shapes

Our expertise extends to designing shading solutions for non-standard window shapes, such as triangular windows, which are often challenging to fit with traditional window coverings.

Custom solutions ensure that these windows, which can often be a significant source of heat loss or gain, are adequately covered, enhancing overall energy efficiency.

Beyond Compliance: Comfort, Control, and Aesthetics

While meeting regulations is essential, the benefits of installing high-quality shading systems extend beyond mere compliance. These systems offer enhanced control over your environment, allowing you to adjust light, privacy, and ventilation according to your needs. Moreover, they contribute to your home’s interior and exterior aesthetics, potentially increasing property value.


At The Scottish Shutter Company, we believe in providing solutions that meet regulatory requirements and enhance your living experience. Whether building a new home or retrofitting an existing one, consider how our internal and external shading systems can contribute to a more comfortable, efficient, and stylish home.

Visit our showrooms in Dundee and Edinburgh—by appointment—to explore our full range of products and consult with our experts to find the best solutions for your home.


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The Scottish Shutter Company 

January 2024
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David Browne

David is Co-Founder and Project Director at the award-winning, Best Family Business 2020 – the Scottish Shutter Company. David has over 35 years’ experience in running and growing small businesses.




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