news from BRE

published: 10/8/2012

Partner sought to develop housing model which could save industry 4m per year

A partnership opportunity which would see a house-builder, developer, or consortium of industry specialists design and build a house to showcase the principles of resource efficiency will open for applications on Friday 17 September 2012.

Working in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, the successful applicant will be ready to take on the challenge to deliver a highly innovative yet affordable resource-efficient house – a project which could position them as a market-leader in Scotland’s future housing developments.

If all of the 17,112 new homes built in Scotland last year had sent zero waste to landfill, it is estimated this would have saved 85,560 tonnes of construction waste and saved the industry over £4million in dealing with that waste[1].

The exemplar build will be required to meet the 2016 Scottish Building Standards at Gold Level as a minimum, and should aim to show both how resource efficiency measures can be included within the design, construction and deconstruction and how this can contribute towards a resource efficient lifestyle for future occupants.

The successful development partner or consortium will construct the house on a development plot funded by Zero Waste Scotland at the BRE Innovation Park. Selected build materials and fit out furnishings will be made available to the Development Partner on a free issue basis to support the construction of the house.

Following construction, the House will be showcased as part of the Park for at least two years, including having the winning design showcased in the Lighthouse in Glasgow.

At the end of the period, the development partner will also be required to deconstruct the house and ensure that the materials are re-used or recycled where possible.

An information day will be held on 15 August between 10am – 1pm at the James Watt Centre in East Kilbride, providing more details on how to get involved and the support available to the successful Development Partner from Zero Waste Scotland.  To find out more, email David Kelly at kellyd@bre.co.uk, or to book a space email Katy Hunter at hunter@bre.co.uk

Set on a site of the former Ravenscraig Steelworks in Lanarkshire, the Building Research Establishment’s (BRE) Innovation Park aims to showcase the future of Scottish housing.

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“In March, we announced that we were looking for a partner to work with us to design and build a resource efficient house, which could be replicated in the industry to reduce construction waste in the long term.

“Applications will open for this in just a few weeks, and I would urge architects, builders and developers to consider applying to be part of this exciting and unique new partnership.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity to position themselves as a market-leader in Scotland’s future housing development, setting a new standard in sustainability and potentially influencing the next generation of building standards.”

Applications can be made at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/house from Friday 17th September, or contact allan.sandilands@zerowastescotland.org.uk for more information.



[1] The average 3 bed new build unit produces 5-13t of construction waste, costing £250-500 per unit. If all of the 17,112 new homes built in Scotland in 2010-11 had sent zero waste to landfill, it is estimatedthis could have saved 85,560 tonnes of construction waste and £4,278,000 in dealing with that waste.