The Passivhaus Development Helping Tenants Save on Energy Bills
The first Passivhaus development in Stirlingshire is completed, making it the first of its kind in Scotland. Quadrant Smart highlights how the development will support tenants in saving on their energy bills.

Cruden Building Scotland has said that by using sustainable building methods, each of the new homes in the Passivhaus development will use up to 90 per cent less energy for heating and 70 per cent less energy in comparison to conventional building equivalents.

Energy Efficiency Is Now More Important Than Ever

The project was delivered on behalf of Hanover Scotland, and Angela Currie, Hanover Scotland’s Chief Executive Officer, said that due to the current energy crisis, it is now crucial that energy-efficient houses are being provided and built for those who need them most.

She said: “Hanover is delighted that our project at Drymen has successfully gained Passivhaus accreditation. Never before has energy efficiency and fuel poverty been more important given the current energy crisis.”

I am pleased that the incoming and returning tenants’ fuel bills will be as low as they could possibly be.

Based in the village of Drymen, the development comprises 15 modern and affordable new homes, with each of the homes being fitted with mechanical heat recovery ventilation and solar photovoltaics.

In addition, triple-glazed windows have also been installed to reduce the need for additional heating and provide a more sustainable way of living for tenants.

Helping Local Communities Become More Sustainable Is Key To Meeting Net Zero

Allan Callaghan, Cruden Building Scotland Managing Director, explained that the firm sees creating affordable and energy-efficient homes as the priority: “We aim to drive change in the industry by building high-quality homes which bring sustainable benefits to the local community and these new, affordable homes fully embody this vision.

“We identified new ways in which we could make these homes as user-friendly and energy-efficient for our tenants as possible.”

As well as incorporating more efficient heating and energy systems, each home has been specially constructed using standard house kits to streamline the building process and reduce the need for additional materials.

Through this, Cruden Building Scotland is able to maximise the positive impact that the new homes will have on the environment, help meet Scotland’s net zero goals, and provide tenants with significant savings on their energy bills by bringing these solutions together.