Exhibition highlights greenest house
AN exhibition tracing the construction of one of Scotland’s greenest homes has opened in Glasgow.
Running at The Lighthouse until July 7, the exhibition tells the story of a ground-breaking project designed to bring sustainable and affordable family homes to Scotland.
The property, The Resource Efficient House, is being developed by Zero Waste Scotland and Tigh Grian Ltd at the BRE Innovation Park in Lanarkshire. It showcases the potential future of Scottish housing and encourages builders and architects to follow suit by adopting the methods and materials used.
Colin Machin, director of Tigh Grian, explained: “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.”
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.”
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 that can be easily repeated.
Image – Holly Sommerville, a pupil at Our Lady and St Francis Primary School, close to where the house is being built, gives the design the once-over.