The Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) at the Glasgow School of Art, together with John Gilbert Architects, Stewart & Shields and Design Engineering Workshop, have secured three-year funding from Innovate UK through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to develop Passivhoos™, a specific Scottish approach to Passivhaus.

The grant of over £182,000 towards the £272,300 project will will deliver types of housing that will bring the long-term benefits of Passivhaus construction to Scottish social housing.

It also aims to encourage the take up of genuinely low-energy homes and help eliminate fuel poverty.

Matt Bridgestock of John Gilbert Architects said: “We are delighted to be working on our second KTP with the Glasgow School of Art, and really focusing on eliminating the performance gap and fuel poverty in new housing.

“In particular, we aim reduce cost, improve the supply chain and bring innovative architecture to new social housing.”

Mark Shields of Stewart & Shields said: “We are delighted to be working to bring the Passivhaus standard of comfort and low energy to the social housing market. We’re looking forward to working with John Gilbert Architects and Design Engineering Workshop to deliver these innovative new homes.

“This award is a significant step in developing the Passivhoos™ model, improving buildability, better cost certainty and bringing us closer to eliminating the performance gap in our housing delivery.”

Professor Tim Sharpe of the Glasgow School of Art said: “MEARU are very pleased to be continuing its relationship with John Gilbert architects and the Passivhoos™ team on a project of critical importance to Scottish government targets for new homes and climate change.

“Collaborations such as this are tangible a demonstration of how the skills and expertise within Glasgow’s Art School can be applied to help improve the built environment with the many benefits that this can bring to both health and sustainable living.

“We will bring our experience to the table to help enhance the environmental performance of Passivhoos™ addressing issues such as energy consumption, indoor environmental quality, usability and maintenance.” 



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