Scottish resource-efficient housing scheme launched

A scheme to design and develop a sustainable housing model will allow applicants to showcase resource efficiency principles.


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The successful applicant will construct the model on a development funded by the schemes organisers Zero Waste Scotland.

Zero Waste Scotland has estimated if all of the 17,112 new homes built in Scotland last year had sent zero waste to landfill, 85,560 tonnes of construction waste would have been saved as would have the £4m cost in dealing with it.

The building, which will demonstrate resource-efficiency in design, construction and deconstruction, will be required to meet the 2016 Scottish Building Standard at gold level. The developer will also be expected to demonstrate how the building can contribute towards resource-efficient lifestyles for future occupants.

The house will be showcased at the Building Research Establishment’s (BRE) Innovation Park for at least two years after which the development partner will be required to deconstruct the house ensuring that the materials are re-used or recycled where possible.

Zero Waste Scotland director Iain Gulland said: The successful applicant will have the opportunity to position themselves as a market-leader in Scotland’s future housing development, setting a new standard in sustainability and potentially influencing the next generation of building standards.”

Applications for the scheme will open on September 17th and can be made at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/house 

Conor McGlone

 

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