John Gilbert Architects invests around 10% of our annual turnover in research and development. We have a long history of careful investigation, innovation and dissemination of new ideas. Our work falls into three categories and our published work is available to download below.

Initiatives

Based on our research work and expertise, we have developed new services to assist housing providers in Scotland to eradicate fuel poverty in new and existing homes.

Commissioned Research

We undertake a commissioned research on a range of different architectural, material and performance based topics.

Briefings and dissemination

We offer our clients and associates regular updates on industry developments and innovative new techniques. Briefing updates on key topics can be found below.

Initiatives

Based on our research work and expertise, we have developed new services to assist housing providers in Scotland to eradicate fuel poverty in new and existing homes. These initiatives complement our design and architectural services.

Passivhoos

Passivhoos

Passivhoos is a range of social housing types that meet the international Passivhaus standards and Scottish Government budget benchmarks. It has been developed for Scottish housing providers and is available in a variety of configurations to suit many different sites.

See Passivhoos

Hab-Lab

Hab-Lab

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.

See Hab-Lab

Tenement Toolbox

Tenement Toolbox

The Tenement Toolbox is a standard format condition report targeted at residents, owners and managers of tenements. This fixed fee service has been developed to serve as both an inspection report, and a practical document for taking forward repairs and maintenance projects; summarising the existing condition of the building, priorities for repair and the costs of these repairs.

Contact us for more details

Commissioned Research

Director Matt Bridgestock worked with two other architects, Sam Foster and James Henderson, to produce research and English information on Brettstape...

Director Chris Morgan, working with MEARU at Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow Caledonian University, has published the outcomes of two-year research ...

Working with Zero Waste Scotland and Ricardo we developed a guide for participants in the construction industry to reduce construction waste and its i...

Commissioned by Scottish Ecological Design Association and co-written with Howard Liddell and Sandy Halliday of Gaia Research, we considered design a...

My Sust House is an award-winning interactive game exploring what sustainability means and how it relates to our homes. Winner of a BAFTA, the game wa...

Working with Milnbank Housing Association, MEARU at Glasgow School of Art and funded via a CICstart online grant, we explored how comprehensive refurb...

This feasibility study was undertaken in collaboration with Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU). The aim was to explore the po...

In collaboration with Mackintosh Environmental Architectural Research Unit and Duich McKay, we won this tender issued by the Building Standards Divis...

John Gilbert Architects is at the forefront of Passivhaus development in Scotland. We have built certified Passivhaus homes and undertaken research in...

John Gilbert Architects was commissioned by Forestry Commission Scotland and Perthshire Housing Association to investigate the benefits and issues usi...

South Seeds is a community-led charity based in Glasgow’s southside. Their main effort is to tackle climate change by helping local residents wi...

This report for Architecture + Design Scotland is aimed at supporting Scottish NHS estates teams who decide on the reuse of existing healthcare buildi...

Sustainable Dunblane was awarded funding from the Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to study “hard to treat” housing in Dunblane which...

In this guide, we describe ten ways in which those involved in the retrofit and renovation of Scotland’s homes can improve upon current practice, ac...

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...

Commissioned by Edinburgh City Council and Homeworks, we developed a booklet explaining how changes in the 2004 Tenements Act affect communal parts of...

Working with Architecture + Design Scotland (SUST programme),  Development Trust Association Scotland and editor Richard Baynes, we developed an acce...

Client Briefings

Below is an archive of our client briefings, for easy access and reference.

John Gilbert Architects now distribute digital models of projects for clients and the community to walk round, test and offer feedback. We will either...

Health and safety in construction is governed by the Construction, Design and Management Regulations (CDM). The Construction Design and Management re...

The following John Gilbert Architects projects have been made available by our clients to stay in or rent. See the links below for booking information...