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Scotland gies it Passivhaus laldy!

From single homes to civic buildings and schools to retrofits, Passivhaus projects are already a familiar sight throughout Scotland.  With this year seeing the Scottish Government announcing plans to introduce a Scottish equivalent to the Passivhaus standardthe Scottish construction industry is already rising to the challenge of the Passivhaus standard. 

Here we highlight a few of the numerous exciting projects already completed or underway, demonstrating Scotland’s ability to embrace Passivhaus. 

Platform 3 | Dundashill, Glasgow

West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) has submitted planning for a largescale affordable homes project at the former distillery site in Glasgow.  All the homes will be built to Passivhaus standard and will feature a mix of mid-market and social rented homes.

  • Project type: Residential
  • No. of homes: 90
  • Stage: On site
  • Key Team: West of Scotland Housing Association, Collective Architecture

Platform 3, Dundashill | Image credit: Collective Architecture

Dunfermline Learning Campus | Dunfermline

The new Dunfermline Learning Campus will incorporate the relocation of a college and two schools (St Columba’s RC High School and Woodmill High School). The high school element of the Dunfermline Learning Campus will be delivering a whopping 23,000 m2 of Passivhaus efficiency and comfort.

  • Project type: Education
  • Stage: On site
  • Key Team: Fife Council, AHR Architects, BAM Construction, Rybka, AECOM, WARM
Dunfermline Learning Campus | Image credit: AHR Architects

Conic Way & Montrose Way | Loch Lomond & the Trossachs

This new build development replaces existing failing prefabricated homes on the site with affordable, high quality, sustainable homes designed to Passivhaus standard.  The project provides energy efficient and comfortable homes for tenants in a mixture of amenity housing for returning residents and general needs housing.

  • Project type: Residential
  • No. of homes: 15
  • Stage: Complete + certified
  • Key Team: Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association, ECD Architects, Cruden Building Scotland
Conic Way and Montrose Way, Drymen. Image credit ECD Architects McAteer Photo

Niddrie Road | Glasgow

The Niddrie Road EnerPHit demonstration project evaluates the carbon reduction secured by a high-quality retrofit of the tenement block to the EnerPHit standard and aims to assess the scalability and replicability of the lessons learned for Glasgow’s tenement stock.

  • Project type: Retrofit
Niddrie Road, Glasgow | Image credit: John Gilbert Architects

Riverside Primary School | Perth & Kinross

Scotland's first Passivhaus primary school has just been completed in Perth. The  two storey newbuild school replaces both the North Muirton and Balhousie primary schools and has a capacity for 500 pupils and incorporates a nursery and additional support needs (ASN) provision.

Riverside Primary School | Image credit: Architype

Springfield Cross | Glasgow

Glasgow’s newest Passivhaus housing development has completed at Springfield Cross in the city’s east end. The development showcases Glasgow's commitment to provide high quality affordable homes in the city.

  • Project type: Residential
  • No. of homes: 36
  • Stage: Complete + certified
  • Key Team: hub West Scotland, Robert Potter and Partners, CCG (Scotland) Ltd, G3 Consulting Engineers Ltd, RSP Consulting Engineers, PAUL Heat Recovery Scotland
Springfield Cross, Glasgow | Image credit: PHI

Burnbrae | Bonnyrigg, Midlothian

Midlothian Council is building council homes of the future, all of which are designed to meet the Passivhaus building standard.  The development of 20 residential units is part of an ambitious Passivhaus affordable housing programme in Scotland is underway in Midlothian.

Burnbrae Road, Bonnyrigg | Image credit: Smith Scott Mullan Associates

Blairgowrie Recreation Centre | Perth & Kinross

The new Blairgowrie Recreation Centre, Scotland’s first ultra-low energy swimming pool and leisure centre is one of few UK sports hubs pioneering efficiency through a reduction in energy requirements, and only the second swimming pool in the UK to be built to Passivhaus standards, setting a benchmark to a greener, healthier lifestyle.

Blairgowrie Recreation Centre | Image credit: Holmes Miller


Join us

UK Passivhaus Conference 2023 | 16-17 October | in-person in Edinburgh and onlineHave we inspired you?  Then why not join us in Scotland on 16 & 17 October for the 2023 UK Passivhaus Conference!  This hybrid event (in-person and online) will be held at The University of Edinburgh.

Over two days we will be exploring the adaptability of Passivhaus, its implementation and benefits over a diverse range and scale of projects around the UK, and its potential applicability throughout Scotland! Be sure to register early for the site visits!



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Platform 3: Dundashill, North Glasgow  Collective Architecture

Previous PHT story: Super-sized Scottish campus targets Passivhaus  22 November 2022

Drymen Passivhaus, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park  ECD Architects

Previous PHT story: A retrofit template for hard-to-heat tenement homes 10 October 2021

Previous PHT story: Riverside Primary - a Passivhaus first for Scotland 25 June 2023

Previous PHT story: Dalmarnock does it right! 11 April 2023

We're making good progress at Burnbrae Road in Bonnyrigg - our latest Passivhaus project!  Fleming

Work begins on Scotland’s first Passivhaus leisure development  Holmes Miller

23rd June 2023

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