Sunnyside, Craigothie gets official stamp of approval

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in news | Comments Off on Sunnyside, Craigothie gets official stamp of approval

North east Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell made a house call with a difference, when he visited a recently-completed accredited Passivhaus in his constituency, specially built to demonstrate the benefits of gold standard energy efficiency.

Developed by St Andrews company, Passivhaus Associates, and built to rigorous standards, Sunnyside, tucked away on Old Mill Road, Craigrothie, is so efficiently insulated that it is heated to a comfortable level by the sun shining through its triple-glazed windows and the warmth created by cooking, bathing and electrical appliances.

To put it another way, central heating isn’t necessary in a Passivhaus. All it takes to keep you cosy in winter is the equivalent of one lit candle, in every square metre of floor space.

Presenting Passivhaus Associates’ Director Graham Drummond and Chris Morgan, principal of Dunblane-based Locate Architects, with a Quality Approved Passive House certificate Sir Menzies was visibly impressed by the building’s light airy atmosphere and comfortable temperature. “Congratulations on your successful project and on completing such a delightful and comfortable home,” he told them. “Whereas wind farms and other renewable energy projects treat the symptoms, this Passivhaus really tackles the problem. If we conserve energy properly, by creating more buildings like this, we will remove the need to keep creating more ways to cope with our growing consumption.”

Thanking him, Graham said: We are confident this privately-funded project will encourage others to build homes to the same quality standard guaranteed to deliver low heating bills and high indoor comfort levels.”

Chris, one of only five RIAS advanced accredited Architects in Sustainable Design in Scotland, said: “It has been satisfying to work on a project where the energy efficiency aspirations were matched by on-site quality control, leaving us with a house which only uses 20% of the energy of the average new-build house.”