Resource Efficient House Exhibition

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The Resource Efficient House exhibition tells the story of a ground-breaking construction project which aims to bring sustainable family homes that are affordable to build, to Scotland.

The house was designed for the BRE Innovation Park, Ravenscraig. It is a project led by Zero Waste Scotland in partnership with Tigh Grian Ltd, to create housing which increases resource efficiency, minimising the impact on the environment from design through to deconstruction. Every element of the three bedroom net zero carbon house, from lighting to heating to water conservation, has been created with the need to lessen our impact on the environment, making the house highly energy efficient and affordable to live in. Using modern methods of construction, the house is designed to be an affordable cost model which can be easily repeated for the house building industry. The project involves the design, build and eventual deconstruction of the affordable family home, which aims to change the future of homebuilding in Scotland.

With rising energy costs, Scotland needs homes which are more affordable to live in, and the Resource Efficient House showcases how this can be achieved through sustainable construction methods. Tigh Grian Ltd stated:/resource-efficient-house-exhibition/

“we believe we have demonstrated that embedding resource efficiency in the complete process – from inception to completion and ultimately to deconstruction – whilst also incorporating the benefits of off site modular construction does not, in any way, restrict the ability to create affordable, exciting and innovative homes”.

Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme brings together expertise on managing energy, water and materials costs into a single service for the first time, and the exhibition showcased the importance of these elements to how we build and use homes and buildings.

The exhibition describes the process and the various stages of the project, outlining key design decisions and sustainable materials used. This included:


  • Setting out the context of the project and the background to the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig.


  • Outlining what resource efficiency means and introduces the teams involved in the project.


  • Describing the design approach.

Construction approach

  • Explaining the construction techniques used e.g. the type of foundations and reasoning. Also explains the key design decisions e.g. where more sustainable materials or technologies were used to substitute the standard approach.

Technical specification

  • Outlines the key technical elements of the house including the heating and water systems. The interior includes samples of the sustainable / resource efficient materials and interior finishes e.g. paint and furniture.

Further information

  • More information about Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient programme and about visiting the park – download the flyer on the right hand side to find out more.

Also included in the exhibition were three videos – one describing the process of designing the house, an animation of the house and its resource efficient features, and a time lapse video of the house being built, these can be seen below:

Time Lapse Video


Launch Video

Additionally a dolls house size model of the house was available to see, to get a true understanding of what the house looks like.

The house is now open to the public to view, if you would like to book a visit contact BRE on:
T 01698 262 193

Travelling by road
The BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig is built on a new development, not yet recognized by navigation systems. Putting the address into Google maps shows the wrong location. Alternatives are to enter ‘New Craig Road’ or to use the postcode for the nearby Ravenscraig Sports Centre, ML1 2TZ

Travelling by rail or bus
Trains to Motherwell station. Bus links are available from there. Contact Strathclyde Passenger Transport on 0141 332 6811 or visit for more information.

Architecture and Design Scotland’s Materials library showcases some of the sustainable materials used in the Resource Efficient House, along with other innovative building materials – this is a free permanent exhibition that is open to the public Monday – Saturday 10:30-17:00 and no appointment is necessary. You can find it at Level 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU.To find out more click here.

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