Last reviewed 24 September 2013

The Resource Efficient House at the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig in Lanarkshire has been launched by Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead.

The house is one of the first projects to be delivered by the Scottish Government’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, and built in partnership with Tigh Grian.

BRE said the home demonstrates how the latest principles in resource efficiency and waste reduction can be applied in house building. It said: “Currently, an average three-bed home built in Scotland can produce as much as 13 tonnes of construction waste, costing up to £500 per unit. The Resource Efficient House produced less than five tonnes of construction waste, with less than one tonne going to landfill.”

Mr Lochhead said: “This house aims to be the most resource efficient in Scotland and is a great example of resource efficiency in action: showing how businesses and householders can benefit when we think carefully about how we use energy, water and materials. If every house in Scotland was like this we would cut the amount of construction waste being sent to landfill and help make Scotland a more resource efficient nation.”

Director of BRE Scotland Rufus Logan said: “The Resource Efficient house is chock-full of the innovation our small country is world-renowned for. This is evident in its design right down to the products materials and technologies it incorporates. The learning from this project will be of huge benefit not only to Scotland and the rest of the UK, but to countries around the world that are being challenged to build with fewer resources. I’m very pleased to host this house on our Innovation Park.”

As well as facilitating sustainable living for occupants, the design of the house will ensure maximum recycling and reuse of products at its end of life. Construction materials and methods used harness best practice in efficiency, from using a pod design put together offsite in order to reduce the effects of weather conditions on build times, to wall insulation that can be recycled post-deconstruction.

The reuse and recycling of materials carries through to the fixtures and fittings with the kitchen work surfaces made from material reprocessed from recycled coffee cups; recycled paint for the décor; and kitchen bar stools made from reclaimed wood from whisky barrels.

The house features a range of lighting, heating and water conservation measures that are kinder to the environment, and make it highly energy efficient and more affordable to live in.

Zero Waste Scotland Director Iain Gulland said: “The Resource Efficient House offers home-buyers, housebuilders and indeed Scotland an innovative new approach to low-cost housing, combining an affordable build and living cost with impressive green credentials. But beyond this, what this model offers is a potential industry for Scotland, with jobs and economic benefits. Furthermore, the potential impact on waste from the construction sector is very attractive. If what happened with this project were replicated across the sector, we would significantly reduce Scotland’s construction waste to landfill.”