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Learning from Scotlandís Housing Expo

14 Jun 2011
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Where: Seminar room 505, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow G4 0HG
Times: 14:00 - 15:30


Scotland’s Housing Expo held in August 2010 showcased over 50 new houses that represent how high quality sustainable homes should be designed. This webcast looks at how the Expo was realised and examines in detail some of the individual buildings.

The Expo features a diverse selection of approaches to design, with a collection of homes that address both affordable and private housing sectors. It is based on a well-established Scandinavian model that has seen regular fairs that over time has raised the standard for design in the housing sectors. A critical foundation to the Expo was the masterplan prepared by Cadell2 Architects and Urban Designers.

This set the framework for the demonstration buildings and was based around traditional highland settlement patterns. The masterplan addresses shelter, microclimate  and sunlight to optimise the new housing’s passive response. A good masterplan also addresses social sustainability criteria through the creation of engaging and useable public spaces. We hear from Johnny Cadell of Cadell2, about the challenges and delivery of the project physical and planning infrastructure.

This webcast looks at a selection of the Expo houses that have different responses to what a sustainable home of the future might be. We examine the fast growing phenomenon of PassivHaus technologies where buildings undergo a step change in performance, with a massively reduced energy demand. This is achieved through super insulation and very high standards of construction to enhance air tightness. 

Passivhaus is a mature and demanding standard; many of its principles look set to be incorporated into future regulatory frameworks. This Webcast gives the opportunity to look at how PassivHaus is realised in a Scottish context.
One of the strengths of the Expo is that it features a wide spectrum of approaches to sustainable housing design. Reducing carbon emissions from a building’s operational energy consumption is just one approach. We look at how a major challenge especially in the private housing sector lies in the unsuitability of housing stock for the complex household structures we have today. People that need to move or alter their homes have resource and consumption implications. This webcast features the WholeLife house by Brennan and Wilson architects that looks both at energy reduction in the home as well as making private sector housing more adaptable and useable over the lifetime of the building.
Finally, we look at the real social, economic and environmental advantages of resourcing, building and procuring locally. Alan Dickson of Rural Design Architects operates on the basis of producing sustainable buildings rooted in their site.  His building ‘a secret garden’ reinterprets traditional highland houses and gardens and reinforces the role outside space can play in a modern sustainable lifestyle.


John Brennan, University of Edinburgh


There are two ways to attend this event.

All CIC Start Online members will be invited to attend the online conference and will receive an email on the morning of the event.

Online attendance is free of charge to CIC Start Online members.

Please register as a member here – project membership is free.


You can also attend the conference in person - after the video is finished there will be time for discussion with the speaker, providing opportunities for networking with fellow delegates and the conference speakers.

If you wish to attend the seminar in person, please complete the registration form below.



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