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Resource efficient house launched on BRE Innovation Park in Scotland
Scotland's Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead, launched the Resource Efficient House on the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig in Lanarkshire yesterday. The house is one of the first projects to be delivered by the Scottish Government's Resource Efficient Scotland programme, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, and built in partnership with Tigh Grian.
The home demonstrates how the latest principles in resource efficiency and waste reduction can be applied in house building. Currently an average three-bed home built in Scotland can produce as much as 13 tonnes of construction waste, costing up to £500 per unit. The Resource Efficient House produced less than five tonnes of construction waste, with less than one tonne going to landfill. As well as facilitating sustainable living for occupants, the design of the house will ensure maximum recycling and re-use of products at its end of life.
"This house aims to be the most resource efficient in Scotland and is a great example of resource efficiency in action: showing how businesses and householders can benefit when we think carefully about how we use energy, water and materials," said the Environment Secretary. "If every house in Scotland was like this then we would cut the amount of construction waste being sent to landfill and help make Scotland a more resource efficient nation.'
The construction materials and methods used harness best practice in efficiency, from using a pod design put together offsite to reduce the effects of weather conditions on build times, to the wall insulation which can be recycled post deconstruction.
The re-use and recycling of materials carries through to the fixtures and fittings with the kitchen work surfaces made from material reprocessed from recycled coffee cups; recycled paint for the decor; and kitchen bar stools made from reclaimed wood from whisky barrels.
The house features a range of lighting, heating, and water conservation measures that are kinder to the environment, and make it highly energy efficient, and more affordable to live in.
Director of BRE Scotland Rufus Logan said: "The Resource Efficient house is chock-full of the innovation our small country is world renowned for. This is evident in its design right down to the products materials and technologies it incorporates. The learning from this project will be of huge benefit not only to Scotland and the rest of the UK but to countries around the world who are being challenged to build with fewer resources - I'm very pleased to host this house on our Innovation Park."
Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said: "The Resource Efficient House offers home buyers, house builders and indeed Scotland an innovative new approach to low cost housing, combining an affordable build and living cost with impressive 'green' credentials. But beyond this, what this model offers is a potential industry for Scotland, with jobs and economic benefits. Furthermore, the potential impact on waste from the construction sector is very attractive. If what happened with this project were replicated across the sector, we would significantly reduce Scotland's construction waste to landfill."
The Resource Efficient House is the second building to be completed on the BRE Innovation Park @Ravenscraig, the former steelworks site that is now being regenerated. Other projects under construction include:
* The Applegreen Home - an offsite manufactured volumetric steel frame system house with integrated renewables manufactured by Applegreen Homes. The project has significant potential to deliver an affordable, high performance, high quality solution for the volume housing market.
* BRE Refurbished House - using historical design information and traditional materials, BRE Scotland will recreate a full-scale 'four-in-a-block' typical Scottish dwelling. Each of the four compartments will be refurbished using different approaches, materials and technologies, and will be monitored over time to provide real performance data.
Later this year work will start on:
* The Curriculum House. Designed and constructed by pre- apprentice and apprentice students, this demonstration home will provide a live learning environment for Motherwell College's CADD, Architectural Design and Construction courses
* Homegrown Timber House - created by Anderson Bell and Christie Architects, in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland, this house will showcase the use of innovative homegrown timber products to deliver an affordable, low embodied energy, healthy and thermally efficient dwelling. It will also explore key issues of developing in a denser, more 'street friendly' way in line with Scottish town character
20th September 2013