Design and Construction
The homes were built
- Using modern methods of construction by, CCG (Scotland) Ltd, a Scottish company employing the principles of fabric-first in an off-site manufacturing unit.
- Using closed panel timber frames delivered by lorry for erection on site. Which enhanced build quality and dramatically reduced build time, waste and carbon emissions in construction.
- To certified Passivhaus standard, an energy efficiency standard that far exceeded 2010 building standards (even the silver standard) and is believed to exceed what is likely to be the 2019 building standard for zero carbon housing.
This effectively removes the threat of fuel poverty from rural households that are off the mains gas grid for the lifetime of these homes.
These homes have
- Large, south facing, high spec triple glazed windows for maximum solar gain, super insulation and extremely high levels of airtightness which allows heat generated within the house by daily activity to be retained
- A mechanical ventilation and heat recovery unit which draws moist warm air from the kitchens and bathrooms and passes it through a heat exchanger which warms fresh air from outside and delivers it to the living rooms and bedrooms
- Hot water which is entirely from renewable energy sources via roof mounted solar thermal panels and small log burning stoves using timber from the estate.
The homes are designed by White Hill Design Studio to complement the rural vernacular
- With chimneys and porches
- Using a colour palette that matches the neighbouring sandstone properties. Their integration with the existing farm cottages creates a real sense of place
- Access is an extension of the farm road with an identical compacted gravel surface in line with Scottish Government guidance in Designing Streets.
- Building to this standard requires skilled trades people which, in turn, improves the local economy.