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Passivhaus taking off in Dumfries & Galloway

Loreburn Housing Association describes Passivhaus as "the gold standard of energy efficient design" and has embarked on a new build programme that commits to delivering Passivhaus-standard affordable housing across Dumfries & Galloway.  From year 2023/24, Loreburn has a five-year development programme that will deliver up to 250 Passivhaus standard, affordable homes, with a mixture of Extra Care, supported and general needs accommodation.

Quote from Lorraine Usher, Chief Executive, Loreburn Housing Association


Murtholm, Langholm (Phase 1)

  • No. of homes:  35 Extra Care flats and facilities. 

  • Stage: On site summer 2023

  • Certification: Aiming for Passivhaus

  • Construction: Timber frame

Masterplan for Murtholm, Langholm. Image credit: Raeburn Farquhar Bowen

Station Road, Dalbeattie

  • No. of homes: 16

  • Stage: On site

  • Certification: 8 aiming for Passivhaus certification, the remaining 8 to be built to the same specifiation.

  • Construction: Timber frame

Station Road, Dalbeattie. Image credit: Robert Potter and Partners

Forsyth Street, Dumfries

  • No. of homes: 

  • Stage: Completed 2021

  • Construction: Timber frame

  • Certification: Passivhaus, 2021

Forsyth Street Dumfries. Image credit: Robert Potter and Partners

Longmeadow, Annan

  • No. of homes: 

  • Stage: Completed

  • Construction: Timber frame

  • Certification: Passivhaus, 2023

Longmeadow, Annan. Image credit: Robert Potter and Partners

PHT member Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd is involved with the Murtholm, Station Road and Longmeadow projects. Robison Construction was involved in Fortsyth Street. Robert Potter & Partners are involved in all of the above schemes as Architects and Passivhaus Designers. 

Robert Potter and Partners are delighted to assist Loreburn in achieving their vision of implementing Passivhaus Standard design across their new build developments. The high-quality affordable housing will provide an energy-efficient solution to tackling the issues of fuel poverty and resident health, while simultaneously playing a part in Loreburn's journey to net zero carbon.

Jonathan Potter, Senior Partner, Robert Potter & Partners

In the pipeline

Loreburn also has the following projects in the pipeline. The exact number of Passivhaus certified units within each development is yet to be confirmed. 

  • Selkirk Road, Moffat: 74 homes
  • Hayley’s Yard, Dumfries: 18 homes

  • College Road, Dumfries: 16 homes

  • Rosebank Farm, Dumfries: 18 homes

  • Murtholm, Langholm (Phase 2): Up to 65 homes.


Post-occupancy evaluation

Following the completion of its Passivhaus units at Forysth Street and Longmeadow,  Loreburn HA is currently carrying out a detailed post-occupancy evaluation exercise that will measure thermal comfort, humidity, CO2 levels, as well as energy usage.  This exercise will also compare data from Passivhaus homes with homes built to Silver Active Standard (as per Building Standards Scotland) to understand the differences between the two qualities of build and what this means for the end user. It is expected that the post occupancy report, following analysis of a full year’s worth of data, will be complete by mid-March 2023.

Quote from Graham Robertson, Head of Development, Loreburn Housing Association

Scottish Standards

Loreburn Housing Association has been vocal in its support for Passivhaus, including offering supportive statements and feedback in the consultation on the Private Member's Domestic Building Environmental Standards (Scotland) Bill which has now been adopted by the Scottish Government.


At Loreburn, we're committed to building strong and sustainable communities across Dumfries and Galloway. Our new build standard consolidates our approach towards offering affordability in use for our tenants, and sets us on the road towards achieving net zero carbon. By adopting Passivhaus standards, we're making sure that our tenants can afford to live comfortably in their home, while future-proofing our housing stock by ensuring long-term energy-efficiency.

Lorraine Usher, Chief Executive,  Loreburn Housing Association


Further information

Passivhaus - Loreburn Housing Association

Passivhaus Social

Passivhaus Net Zero Primers

Passivhaus Benefits Guide & costs research 

Dumfries affordable Passivhaus housing - Architects' Journal, 10 August 2021

Forsyth Street, Dumfries - Passive House Database

Setting the plan for affordable homes - Dumfries & Galloway Council, 01 February 2022

1st March 2023

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