Breaking ground at ground-breaking project from Zero Waste Scotland and Tigh Grian Limited

Margaret Burgess, Minister for Housing and Welfare, broke ground at Scotland’s ‘Resource Efficient House’ plot at the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig, North Lanarkshire, today making way for construction to begin on this ground-breaking project.

22 Jan 13

The project, to be delivered by Zero Waste Scotland and appointed developers Tigh Grian Limited, will showcase the principles of resource efficiency, with the aim of bringing a sustainable and affordable housing model for families to the construction market.

This innovative new project considers resource efficiency not just in the design and build, but throughout, offering greener lifestyle options and considering the need for sustainability in the eventual deconstruction of the property.

The design has been recently finalised and the house will be built to meet, and hopefully exceed, 2016 Scottish Building Standards Gold Performance Requirements, creating an easily repeatable and affordable model which couldlead the way to a more sustainable house building industry.

The design is for an airtight and well-insulated property to help reduce home energy costs and achieve net zero carbon emissions. The off-site modular construction method means greater control over cost, waste arising’s and supply chain accreditation, leading to a more resource efficient construction, as well as minimising possible delays caused by, for example, bad weather.

Following completion, the house will remain on site at the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig, North Lanarkshire, for at least two years, and will then be deconstructed in a resource efficient manner.

The design will be showcased as part of an exhibition at The Lighthouse, Glasgow in March.

Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said:
"This cutting edge initiative will help to bring warm, energy efficient and affordable housing to families across Scotland.

"I am pleased to support this project, which will help to pave the way for the housing sector, informing it about the latest cutting edge sustainable construction methods and how they can be used to build high quality, green homes.”

Allan Sandilands, Key Account Manager for Construction, Zero Waste Scotland said:

 “The final design of the house offers a great model for sustainable house building in Scotland, and we are delighted that Margaret Burgess could break ground on this exciting new project.

“The project takes into account the full life-cycle of the construction process from cradle to grave and is an example of circular economy thinking in practice. The use of materials, water and energy has been considered at all stages, meaning that resource efficiency underpins every element, including the design, construction, lifestyle options and eventual deconstruction of the house.

“The real value of the Resource Efficient House is in its potential to demonstrate how the construction sector can realise cost savings by building in a more resource efficient, less wasteful way. With rising energy costs, Scotland needs homes that are more energy efficient and affordable to live in.  By keeping costs down in the construction process, there are also possible positive outcomes to be achieved for the construction sector and Scottish jobs.”

Colin Machin, director of Tigh Grian Limited, said:

“Tigh Grian Limited is dedicated to utilising environmentally-conscious design techniques to minimise the negative impact of our buildings on the environment and we are delighted to have the opportunity to partner Zero Waste Scotland on this exciting project.

“In addition to meeting exacting performance standards, we have used a range of sustainably sourced materials to demonstrate how different external finishings can be applied to this repeatable building model to satisfy a wide range of consumer tastes and demand.

“Through careful consideration of the way we source and use building materials and by embracing new technologies which harness renewable energies, we aim to demonstrate how it is possible to balance environmental concerns and increasing build costs with the creation of comfortable and affordable Scottish homes.”


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