Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable Architecture

Conservation and Retrofit

Conservation & Retrofit

Strategy & Masterplan



Hab-Lab – Closing the Performance Gap

Hab-Lab builds on our reputation for sustainable design, it reinforces our aspiration to create designs that not only look great but also perform flawlessly. We employ a dedicated building performance specialist to assist clients to benchmark, measure and improve the performance of their building stock. Our services cover the following areas.


We can assist you in selecting the right tools and the building performance standards for your project. Our in-house building performance specialist works with a number of trusted associates to undertake SAP, RdSAP, Scottish Section 6 accreditation, Passivhaus, EnerPHit, Ecohomes and other assessment techniques. We have particular expertise in EESSH compliance in hard to treat stock.


Our building performance specialist is equipped with skills, knowledge and tools to undertake post occupancy evaluations of all types of homes and constructions. We can undertake thermal imaging, energy monitoring, indoor air quality monitoring, airtightness testing and many other technical tests. We offer unbiased reviews including technical performance and user satisfaction.


Improving the indoor environment is key to healthy buildings. We can assist you in understanding and measuring indoor air quality, pollutants and occupant comfort. We can use this data to help you optimise building ventilation and material choice.


We help clients, committees, residents and users understand the efficient use of buildings including diagnostic visits, production of quick start guides and training events. We can provide of tool box talks for contractors on current issues such as airtightness and energy efficiency.

This award winning service has worked with a range of clients to assess and monitor stock then propose changes to improve performance. Our clients have benefitted from EESSH compliance advice, building fabric problem diagnosis, ‘quick win’ building performance improvements, better void management techniques and better resident handover information.

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Hab-Lab and its logo are registered trademarks of John Gilbert Architects.

The project is a joint initiative with MEARU at Glasgow School of Art. It is initially funded by a Knowledge Transfer Partnership and Innovate UK.