Scotland’s ‘most ambitious’ Passivhaus programme underway in Midlothian

Councillor Stephen Curran (left) and Brian Pettigrew (right), director of Morris & Spottiswood

THE build of 182 properties in Midlothian has been described as the ‘most ambitious’ Passivhaus affordable housing programme in Scotland by the area’s council.

The local authority’s project is the largest of its kind in Scotland, with six homes being built in Dalkeith; 86 in Bonnyrigg; and a further 90 in Easthouses.

Glasgow-based Morris & Spottiswood is leading the build, with it acting as a ‘key element’ to Midlothian Council’s route to net zero by 2030.

Professor Sean Smith, director of the Centre for Future Infrastructure at the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh Futures Institute, said, “Building to Passivhaus standard for our new homes supports the step change towards lower energy bills, improved comfort all year round and contributes towards reducing emissions to address climate change.

“Importantly it provides a pathway for Midlothian to underpin Scotland’s growth in the green economy and jobs whilst supporting an inclusive community approach.”