Fife Housing Association

Economic conditions and a dramatic slowdown in the construction industry have led to a shortage of good-quality, energy-efficient social housing in recent years.

Much of the existing social housing stock suffers from minimal or no insulation, and combined with spiralling energy costs, hefty fuel bills often impact hardest on people who can least afford it.

Brief: To find a build system that satisfies both Passive House requirements and provides high quality, economic homes, allowing clients to address fuel poverty.

Location: Inchkeith Drive, Dunfermline, Scotland

Build Requirement: 4 x three bedroom homes – 86m² each

Build Proposal: Beattie Passive to design and build two pairs of 3 bedroom semi-detached homes to meet the needs of the local community. Using traditional and readily available construction materials Beattie Passive's innovative and unique construction method will ensure each home exceeds existing code 4 and Passivhaus* standards. This is achieved by creating a super-insulated and continuous void around the floor, walls and roof offering numerous environmental and cost savings.

Each house will be certified to Passivhaus standard and will reach the Government's new Gold Standard, the first time this has been achieved in Scotland.

*The term Passivhaus originated in Germany and refers a construction technique for highly energy-efficient buildings that require little or no energy for heating or cooling.

Client's Verdict: "The Beattie Passive Build System offers us the opportunity to achieve Passivhaus certified homes for the same costs as traditional build methods. Using this method of construction will provide our clients with high quality homes which don't cost the earth to maintain." Michael Creech, Fife Housing Association.

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