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Glasgow gives green light for city’s largest Passivhaus development

New social housing development aims to address tackle fuel poverty and Scotland’s climate change commitments.

New social housing development aims to address tackle fuel poverty and Scotland’s climate change commitments.

Development West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) has received planning consent from Glasgow City Council for their landmark Passivhaus social housing development in Glasgow’s East End.

The new homes will be at a former brownfield site on the corner of London Road and Springfield Road on the edge of the Commonwealth Village in the shadow of Celtic Park and the Emirates Arena.

The largest development of its kind in Glasgow, will comprise of 36 flats over 6 storeys constructed to the Passivhaus Standard, significantly reducing the building’s carbon footprint.

Funded by a £4.3m grant from Glasgow City Council’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme and WSHA’s private finance, early ground works will begin during the summer, with the first tenants due scheduled to move in from Summer 2021.

Andrew Kubski, Director of Development and Asset Management at WSHA said: “The new Passivhaus homes will be created to achieve one of the highest standards of energy efficiency and this will lead to lower fuel bill for tenants and help to address fuel poverty.”

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, highlighted the importance of the development its targets.

“Not only will this see high quality new homes built in the area, but these flats will have much lower heating costs and will play a key role in reducing emissions and so help meet targets for tackling climate change,” he said.

Last September Shettleston Housing Association opened Glasgow’s first Passivhaus social rent development, a five-storey block consisting of 13 apartments connected to Carntyne Old Parish Church.

Recent years have seen an increase in local authorities opting for Passivhaus developments. Buildings designed and constructed to Passivhaus standards are highly airtight and energy efficient. They also use passive solar gain through windows and doors to distribute solar energy and use mechanical ventilation with heat recovery to minimise the use of space heating and cooling.

This ‘fabric first’ approach to creating ultra-low carbon buildings does away with the need for bolt-on technologies such as solar PV and crucially saves on energy bills.

In 2019, the Riba’s Sterling Prize went to Norwich City Council for its Goldsmith Street development made up of 100 terraced Passivhaus homes.

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