Tenement fuel poverty project scoops Housing Design Award

Innovation in Housing 2014 award winner
John Gilbert from John Gilbert Architects for PassiveTEN and Local Government and Planning Minister Derek Mackay

PassivTEN, a unique study by John Gilbert Architects aimed at eliminating fuel poverty from Glasgow tenement housing, has won the Saltire Society 2014 Innovation in Housing Award.

This study illustrates the significant changes that are required to improve the carbon emissions, energy cost and comfort of a tenement flat. The study beat off competition from high profile projects including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village and Bogendollo House in Aberdeenshire to scoop the prestigious title and a cash prize of £1,500.

The award is part of the Saltire Society’s 2014 Saltire Housing Design Awards which were presented at a special ceremony at The Edinburgh Centre of Carbon Innovation by guest of honour Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning.

The Housing Design Awards recognise excellence across five categories and represent a long-standing commitment from the Saltire Society to celebrate innovation and excellence in Scottish house building and place-making.

Local Government and Planning Minister Derek Mackay said, “The Scottish Government’s support for the Saltire Society’s Housing Design Awards recognises their long-standing importance in helping to raise the quality of Scotland’s built environment.

“As well as the Housing Design awards, Scottish Ministers support the Society’s Innovation Award, which recognises many kinds of innovation, including the importance of pursuing new technologies and construction methods to minimise life-cycle costs and energy use – consistent with this Government’s ultimate aim for new homes to meet the highest sustainability standards. 

 “The Saltire Society recognises that people don’t just need great housing – they need great housing that is part of a great place.  And that is why I want to ensure that our planning policies reflect our ambition to create great places that support sustainable economic growth across the country, as outlined in the newly published Scottish Planning Policy.”