Case Studies – Sustainability

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A number of excellent examples of sustainable buildings already exist in Scotland. This section identifies a range of building types that have a sustainable design approach.

The Case Studies focus on a variety of different approaches, including: community led projects; offsite construction; new build; renewable energy; retrofit and affordable housing.

Our Material Considerations Case studies that focus on sustainable construction materials can be found here.

The Case Studies in this series are:

Logie Coldstone Village Hall
Cultybraggan, Hut OneModel D House
Scotland’s Housing Expo
Huntly Crescent, Raploch
Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
BRE Innovation Park Visitor’s Centre
Hillcrest Housing Association Headquarters
Tigh-na-Claddach
Scotstoun House
Raasay Community Hall
Leitch Street
Bute Recycling Centre
Fairfield Housing
Glenalmond Street Housing
Natural Power Offices
Loch Lomond Shores Visitor Centres
Morgan Academy
Maryfield Housing
Alexander Graham Bell House

Tigh-na-Cladach Case Study

A development of 15 low-energy houses for first-time buyers, which includes the first social Passive House in the UK.

Leitch Street Case Study

A development of 87 homes for a Housing Association on a brownfield site, which incorporates a CHP system, SUDS and Homezone principles.

Cultybraggan, Hut One

One of eighty huts in a former Prisoner of War camp in Perthshire, Hut One has been refurbished as a visitors centre.

‘Model D’ House Case Study

The design aims to provide an approach to rural design that relates to its context and could work on a larger scale rather than kit-built homes

Huntly Crescent, Raploch

The first mixed-use retail/housing development of mass timber construction in Scotland.

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is the first dedicated publically accessible astronomical observatory located in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park

BRE Visitors Centre

The Visitor Centre was the first building to be built on the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig.

Scotstoun House Case Study

The adaptation and extension of a poorly performing but listed 1960’s office building to provide a BREEAM Excellent and EPC A-rated building

Fairfield Housing Case Study

The 15-year regeneration of a housing estate in Perth where a holistic approach to sustainability led to the establishment of the housing co-operative

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