Dormont Estate in new book from SEDA
The Dormont Park PassivHaus development has been highlighted in 100 Sustainable Scottish Buildings.
The book, published by the Scottish Ecological Design Association, showcases 100 of the most interesting sustainable architecture projects in Scotland, demonstrating how innovative, thoughtful design can tackle some of the biggest social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.
Built in 2011, Dormont Park is an award-winning development of 8 PassivHaus homes for long-term affordable rent. The book highlights the benefits of these ultra low energy houses:
The PassivHaus approach, coupled with renewable energy technology, has removed the threat of fuel poverty in the long term for tenants of these houses. Had these houses been built to the standards required by building regulations in force at the time, it is estimated that each house would emit 63 tonnes of CO2 every year.
By building to certified PassivHaus standards and utilising solar and biomass renewable energy, each house only emits around three tonnes of CO2 per year – a saving of 3600 tonnes over the projected lifespan of each house.
Fuel poverty—currently defined in Scotland as spending over 10% of income on household fuel use—affects over 30% of Scottish homes. As well as the obvious economic challenges, it also has a detrimental on health and well-being and can leave people in a position where they have to choose to “heat or eat”. PassivHaus design reduces the burden of energy bills for the tenants, while also creating a healthy, comfortable and well-ventilated indoor environment.
With healthy, happy, less financially restricted tenants, landlords also see the benefits through more reliable rent payment, lower maintenance costs and better build quality.
We’re delighted to be included in this book as an example of forward-thinking sustainable design. Buy the book to check out Dormont and the other fantastic projects that are happening around Scotland!