Craigbank is a £19.6 million development of 178 mixed tenure homes for social rent and sale, located in Glasgow for Sanctuary Scotland. The project is being built by CCG (Scotland) Ltd and was designed by Mast Architects. The project consists of one and two-bedroom wheelchair houses and a mix of two and three-bedroom houses.
As part of the development, Glasgow City Council are to providing funding towards the development of 10 dwellings designed to enhanced levels of energy and sustainability.
The main development is designed to achieve Bronze Active for sustainability under Section 7 of the Scottish Building Regulations, which is achieved by using solar photovoltaic panels (PV). The project is also designed to achieve Silver Level Aspect 1 & 2 under Section 7 of the Scottish Building Regulations.
Whilst the wider site already achieves strong sustainability and energy efficiency credentials, five semi-detached blocks were selected for consideration as part of a pilot study promoted by Glasgow City Council to investigate how varying levels of sustainability could be achieved within a typical 2-bedroom dwelling, with a view to informing the future baseline standard for affordable housing in the city.
Each of the blocks were configured to achieve ever-increasing levels of sustainability and energy efficiency:
- Type A1 – “The Benchmark House” (Silver Aspects 1 – 8)
- Type A2 – “The Simple House” (Gold Aspect 1/Silver Aspects 2 – 8)
- Type A3 – “The Renewable House” (Gold Aspects 1 – 8)
- Type A4 – “The Platinum House” (Platinum Aspect 1/Silver Aspects 2 – 8)
- Type A5 – “The Passive House” (Certified Passivhaus Standard)
The pilot scheme has the potential to demonstrate ways to reduce the annual fuel bills of each resident by up to 50%, and to propose a far-reaching vision for future affordable housing in Scotland. Sanctuary Scotland and Glasgow City Council have jointly undertaken to carry out post-completion monitoring over a period of years to establish the benefits of each pilot model, in terms of resident comfort, ease of operation, and the true reduction in fuel bills.
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