At another fully booked Walk & Talk event in the South West region, members toured a Passivhaus development renovation project at Raehills in Dumfries & Galloway. The site will comprise of 4 units which, currently, are all at different stages of development from empty shell through to internal works and fitting of insulation. Despite this, it is hoped that all units will be occupied by September.
The event was the second Walk & Talk to take place at Raehills, looking at the idea of how to renovate hard to treat properties whilst dealing with issues around fuel poverty – and ensuring the long term sustainability of the estate.
David Johnstone, his architect (David Major) and their contractors all openly discussed costs and methods used in the development. David Major also highlighted the benefits of using local trades for all his jobs – supporting local business in the long term and allowing for skills transference.
The idea of needing to achieve high standards of accommodation for continual rental of rural properties was among the key topics discussed.