The core aim of the project is to demonstrate that the Passivhaus standard can provide an affordable method of delivering ultra-low energy social and market housing; whilst addressing occupant wellbeing, fuel poverty, energy security and wider environmental impacts. The winning design is conceived as both a demonstration of a high performance product and as a demonstration process for achieving best practice. The design responds to both best practice and research at European level as well as the specific Scottish cultural context of traditional dwelling form, the housing market and planning control.
On the social level it aims to address key user concerns such as very high levels of fuel poverty, by reducing fossil fuel dependence and improving energy security and occupant well-being. In its form, systems and materials it also focuses on replicability and flexibility.
Winner of the 'UK Passivhaus Design Competition 2012' for the Ravenscraig Innovation Park