We collaborated with Strathclyde university to provide fixed price, sustainable,new build house designs. These were rigorously studied to measure the cost - thermal efficiency benefit. We investigated Airtight ICF technology, triple glazing and an array of new technologies.
Through this process we have compiled an extensive range of information and detail about the various construction systems and grant schemes available.
A large aspect of the developed new build house types is their sustainable credentials and how this responds to current client needs within the market. The feasibility study has developed robust data, supported by the University. This accompanies each house type to demonstrate savings and holistic benefits of the sustainable design strategies employed.
The relevance of the data generated for sustainable construction of new build homes is clear. With a national housing shortage and increasing energy and transportation costs there is the clear potential to assess the whole process of construction. This will be accompanied by a real world post-occupancy energy review regarding heat, hot water, cold water, co2 usage. This data will then be fed back into the design process to refine a system which can be used for the expansion of the ‘ECO HOMES’ range.
This study , which targets a sustainable solution to the housing shortfall in Scotland, developed a range of low cost, fixed price, sustainable new build house or self build houses which are available to a much wider sector of society. We see this as having the potential of advancing an already growing industry, delivering sustainable buildings and building products within Scotland, which is based on our specific climate and geography.