An innovative housing development in Fraserburgh which provides affordable, low energy homes has been officially opened.
The project, which was a collaboration between Aberdeenshire Council and Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, features 30 properties in a mixture of flats and houses, three of which have been designed for people with physical disabilities.
The development, ‘Heritage Way’, on the town’s Barrasgate Road, was supported by a successful bid for funding from the Scottish Government’s Greener Homes Innovation Scheme.
The innovation scheme was established to support the promotion of energy-efficient housing using modern innovative methods of off-site construction and low-carbon technologies, in line with the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Housing Strategy.
The low-carbon, low-energy flats and houses were designed by RGU’s award-winning architect, Professor Gokay Deveci, and are based on the principles of his award-winning sustainable housing in Dunoon.
Energy use and consumption in six of the properties will be monitored by the university for 15 months, and it is expected the information, along with the post occupancy evaluation, will help inform future housing programmes developed by the council.
Prof. Deveci, who was responsible for the creation of the first zero-energy home in Scotland, commented: “The main aim of this project was to incorporate a very high level of energy efficiency into these units, utilising prefabricated, panelised and super-insulated timber ‘I’ beam roof and walls, and to minimise the costs involved.
“The homes are all triple glazed, airtight and make use of heat recovery ventilators, all aimed at lowering the associated energy bills.
“All the units meet the silver sustainability housing standard, with two at gold and another two at Passivhaus standards which is only awarded to buildings meeting rigorous energy efficiency criteria. It is all about creating good quality affordable housing for the future stock.”
Provost of Aberdeenshire Cllr Bill Howatson said: “Heritage Way is one of the most innovative housing developments led by the council, both visually and in terms of construction, and there is much we can learn from it.
“As we look towards the winter we hope the residents will benefit from the energy-efficiency measures that could help keep costs down.”
by Rob Smith
Press and Media Enquiries