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Working with Zero Waste Scotland and Ricardo we developed a guide for participants in the construction industry to reduce construction waste and its impacts. This guide is aimed at anyone involved in making decisions at the design stage of construction projects. This could include: architects quantity...

This report for Architecture + Design Scotland is aimed at supporting Scottish NHS estates teams who decide on the reuse of existing healthcare buildings. The NHS has a large estate and there is increasing recognition that it can no longer afford to simply vacate, demolish...

Sustainable Dunblane was awarded funding from the Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to study "hard to treat" housing in Dunblane which represents 42% of Dunblane Community Council’s housing stock. 18 representative houses were surveyed and studied using a variety of techniques and the results sent to...

Director Chris Morgan, working with MEARU at Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow Caledonian University, has published the outcomes of two-year research examining and monitoring the performance of a number of Scottish Passive House projects. Abstract Climate change and sustainability legislation in recent years have led to...

[gallery ids="15618,15619,15617"] South Seeds is a community-led charity based in Glasgow's southside. Their main effort is to tackle climate change by helping local residents with practical action such as improving home energy efficiency, cutting energy bills and reducing fuel poverty. South Seeds supported this renewable heat study,...

John Gilbert Architects is at the forefront of Passivhaus development in Scotland. We have built certified Passivhaus homes and undertaken research into new Passivhaus techniques. Our current projects are shown below. Passivhaus Basics Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort, while using very little energy...

Director Matt Bridgestock worked with two other architects, Sam Foster and James Henderson, to produce research and English information on Brettstapel timber construction. The aim was to stimulate the development of a healthier, greener building material and we published this information on a dedicated website. Brettstapel is the term...

About the Tenement Handbook The Tenement Handbook is an essential guide to all those who live in traditional Scottish tenements, as well as owners and tenants who live in jointly owned property whether old or new, purpose-built or conversion. The handbook is fully illustrated and informs owners...

Commissioned by Scottish Ecological Design Association and co-written with Howard Liddell and Sandy Halliday of Gaia Research, we considered design and detailing for more sustainable construction. This guide seeks to help all involved to minimise the toxic loads in construction, products, buildings and the built environment...

Commissioned by Edinburgh City Council and Homeworks, we developed a booklet explaining how changes in the 2004 Tenements Act affect communal parts of tenements. We authored, designed and distributed the booklet to 170,000 owners in Edinburgh. Download The final version is available to download here - Who Rules...