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Green homes of the future unveiled at exhibition

Eco-pupils drop in to learn about innovative construction project.

21 May 13

An exhibition charting the build of one of Scotland’s greenest homes was unveiled today by Zero Waste Scotland and Architecture and Design Scotland, at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

The exhibition tells the story of a ground-breaking construction project which aims to bring sustainable family homes that are affordable to build to Scotland.

The attractive home – The Resource Efficient House - is being developed by Zero Waste Scotland and partners Tigh Grian Ltd at the BRE Innovation Park, where the regeneration of the industrial heartland at Ravenscraig continues, and it showcases the potential future of Scottish housing and encourages builders and architects to follow suit by seeing the methods and materials used.

To mark the opening of the exhibition, pupils from Our Lady and St Francis Primary School in Carfin, near to where the build is underway, dropped in to learn more about its construction.  The exhibition, put together with Architecture and Design Scotland, includes a mini model of the house.

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“The exhibition will give visitors a real feel for the quality and design of this warm, bright, energy efficient home.

“With rising energy costs, Scotland needs homes which are more affordable to live in, and this project showcases how this can be achieved through sustainable construction methods.

“Our new Resource Efficient Scotland programme brings together expertise on managing energy, water and materials costs into a single service for the first time, and this exhibition really showcases the importance of these elements to how we build and use homes and buildings.

“We’re extremely proud of what has been achieved with our partners, and hope visitors to the exhibition leave inspired by our approach to changing the future of house building in Scotland.”

The Resource Efficient House is part of an innovative project led by Zero Waste Scotland in partnership with Tigh Grian Ltd, to create housing which increases resource efficiency, minimising the impact on the environment from design through to deconstruction.

Every element of the three bedroom net zero carbon house, from lighting to heating to water conservation, has been created with the need to lessen our impact on the environment, making the house highly energy efficient and affordable to live in.

Using modern methods of construction, the house is designed to also be an affordable cost model which can be easily repeated for the house building industry to follow.

Colin Machin, Director, Tigh Grian Ltd:

"Tigh Grian Ltd is delighted to have been involved in the delivery of the Resource Efficient House at the BRE Innovation Park, Ravenscraig. The exhibition is a great way to learn more about this project. We believe we have demonstrated that embedding resource efficiency in the complete process - from inception to completion and ultimately to deconstruction - whilst also incorporating the benefits of off site modular construction does not, in any way, restrict the ability to create affordable, exciting and innovative homes."

As well as viewing the model of the Resource Efficient House, visitors to the exhibition can access the Architecture and Design Scotland’s Materials Library where examples of the stone and Scottish larch wood used in the building of the House will be showcased.  

Speaking on behalf of A+DS Lori McElroy, said “We’re delighted to be able to give people an insight into the development and build of this resource efficient house. We hope this exhibition and the range of innovative and sustainable materials in our Materials Library will continue to inspire more people to build sustainably in Scotland.”

The exhibition is free and is open from 10.30am – 5pm (Monday to Friday) and 12pm – 5pm at weekends and runs until 7th July 2013, at The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow.

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