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Social House Case Studies

September 2023


Niddrie Road Tenement Retrofit, Glasgow City Council

Southside Housing Association, with financial support from Glasgow City Council, has been working alongside John Gilbert Architects to refurbish a typical Glasgow tenement to the EnerPHit standard (equivalent of the Passivhaus standard for retrofit scenarios). The project resulted in an 90% reduction in building energy demand. This project is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), as part of its recent Climate Emergency Collaboration Challenge, with other partners including Glasgow City Council, CCG Ltd, University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow. The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) will assess the scalability and replicability of the lessons learned for Scotland’s tenement stock.

Renfrewshire Council’s EnerPHit Retrofit Programme

Renfrewshire Council’s £100m ten-year Housing Regeneration and Renewal Programme is aimed at delivering modern, high quality, energy-efficient and affordable council housing. The programme will investment in improving existing buildings, as well as the common areas and outdoor environment around them and In some of the areas, new-build housing is being built. In the first phase of the programme ECD Architects has won a £4m design contract to lead the whole house deep retrofits of 3,500 either the EnerPHit or AECB Retrofit Standards over the next four years. 

Solar PV and battery storage, City of Edinburgh Council. 

Over 100 Edinburgh council properties in Kirkliston have been fitted with solar PV and battery storage to deliver renewable energy systems to local authority tenants as part of an area-based retrofit programme. The Changeworks Affordable Warmth Team install this technology and provide individual advice and support to ensure tenants can maximise the benefits of the system. 

New Build

Stirlingshire Council

In Loch Lomond, a social housing scheme in the Trossachs National Park will include 15 passive house affordable homes designed by ECD Architects, as part of a strategy to address fuel poverty and preserve the natural environment. 

Midlothian Council’s Passivhaus Housing Programme

The Council’s Net Zero Housing Design Guide (March 2022) seeks to address operational energy and the performance gap in new build projects, as part of the council’s ambitious aspiration to become net zero by 2030. Encompassing 182 homes this is the largest Passivhaus housing development programme in Scotland.