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Dormont Passivhaus Walk and Talk Event

A small but select group of members met at Dormont Estate on 23rd October 2014 to hear about, and see, the award winning Passivhaus development at Dormont Park and ask the question “Is Passivhaus the future for housing in rural Scotland?”.  Estate owner Jamie Carruthers told how the development had come about before architect and project manager David Major, of White Hill Design Studio, described the very technical requirements of the Passivhaus standard which, by their nature, led to better quality, longer lasting and lower maintenance houses.  Estate manager, Cathy Duff, told of the changes in occupier behaviour that had led to even lower energy bills than the standard promised after which Jamie described the significant benefits that accrued to both landlord and tenants from building to this standard and the positive impact this had on the rural community through greater affordability and removing the threat of fuel poverty.  David concluded by emphasising that the standard could be applied to the retrofitting of existing houses as well as to new build and that this was, perhaps, where the greatest potential benefits might be delivered in a rural housing context.  After a lively discussion, the group was shown into one of the houses and introduced to “Paul” – the mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system that is the basis of these very low energy homes.

 

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