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FS32 - Benefits and options for retrofit of an 18th century traditional Scottish house using the PassivHaus standard

Written by: CIC Start Online

"Benefits and options for retrofit of an 18th century traditional Scottish house using the PassivHaus standard" by Edinburgh Napier University and SA Estates


The intention of this work is to explore the possibilities of integrating the PassivHaus standard into a retrofit project and make it a prototype for both academic research and a future guide for the construction industry in Scotland. The study focuses on an existing building of traditional style and construction and on how to increase its thermal performance, making it a sustainable home to live in and self sufficient in its energy demands. The project looks at reducing the building's carbon footprint by applying an adequate ecological refurbishment, thus improving its thermal performance. The study also looks at how to adequately add an extension and how to properly link old and new buildings. SA Estates have proposed one of its properties in the feasibility study; it’s a stone walled, timber structure, 18th century town-house located in Cellardyke in the East Neuk of Fife. The house is typical of many Scottish traditional coastal buildings and it sits in the conservation area of the town.

There are also intentions to use ecologically friendly materials throughout the project both in the retrofit and in the new extension which will reduce the embodied energy of the house and also make it a healthy house to live in. 

Key words: pre-1919 building, refurbishment, PassivHaus, carbon footprint


Webinar held on- 19th April 2012:

Julio Bros-Williamson, Edinburgh Napier University
John Stephen, SA Estates

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