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September 12 2016

Alexandria Passive house opens up to the public
A home in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, held up as an exemplar of sustainable design is to be opened up to the public as part of a series of ‘Green Designs’ open doors events organised by the Energy Saving Trust.

Under the initiative locals will be invited by homeowners Mary and Ian Sweetland to look around their home, designed by Joseph Thurrott Architects, whilst obtaining advice about energy efficiency and renewable technology.

In a statement the Energy Saving Trust wrote: “The Sweetlands' 1950’s bungalow was draughty and expensive to heat, the concrete floors were starting to disintegrate and the metal windows needed to be replaced. Rather than renovate the house they were inspired to demolish it and build a zero-carbon Passive House in its place. Come along and see how they’ve transformed how they live and take a peek at the result – a beautiful modern home with a range of green tech that will inspire you!”

The house will be opened on 17 September from 10:00 till 15:00 as part of a series of events throughout the year; including sustainable new builds and renovated historic properties.
The property replaces an outdated 1950's bungalow
The property replaces an outdated 1950's bungalow
The Sweetlands say their heating and electricity costs have shrunk from £1,600 to £300 since the move
The Sweetlands say their heating and electricity costs have shrunk from £1,600 to £300 since the move

6 Comments

A Local Pleb
#1 Posted by A Local Pleb on 12 Sep 2016 at 14:44 PM
I like this, a pleasant change from the mass produced housing that prevails at the moment.
Dom
#2 Posted by Dom on 12 Sep 2016 at 16:42 PM
Is this just a passive house, or is it an accredited "PassivHaus" design - big difference between the two...

Looks great though!
David
#3 Posted by David on 12 Sep 2016 at 17:17 PM
Looks remarkably similar to one of the Highland Housing Fair houses
Terra
#4 Posted by Terra on 12 Sep 2016 at 22:08 PM
Very nice indeed. Kudos to all involved.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#5 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 12 Sep 2016 at 23:40 PM
I think there might be more to this story than the puff piece above.

Very difficult build.
Issues meant that the original builder had to pull out.
I don't think he will do another "Eco" build again.
Too many people travelled in hope.
Tough lesson to learn.
urbanrealm
#6 Posted by urbanrealm on 13 Sep 2016 at 11:25 AM
The home isn't accredited Dom

John

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