Practice / Staff
To date, carbon transition for Scotland’s homes has been most successful in affordable housing where public sector goals can be quickly translated into tangible improvement. In the private sector net zero is a real challenge, because it is much more granular and diverse. Housing is seen as much as a financial instrument as it is a home, meaning the costs of enhanced retrofit or building new are resisted. Our practice Brennan and Wilson Architects works to bring net zero to developers and the self-build primarily through passive house design. Our East Lothian Passive house includes photovoltaic panels and hot water solar collectors and the building over a year is a net exporter of energy to the grid. We’re taking these principles and are now working with developers to scale up. Ultimately a goal is for house purchasers to value energy efficiency and sustainability as much as they do room count and location.
South elevation in mature garden with photovoltaics and solar hot water systems.
Ground and first floor plans.
Fully sealed building envelope.