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Construction starts on Scotland’s first low carbon development

14 September 2011 No Comment

Construction work has commenced on Scotland’s first “mass timber, mixed use, low carbon development.”

Situated in Raploch, close to Stirling Castle, the building comprises three eco-friendly homes and three commercial units and should generate six construction jobs in the area.


Image source via Raploch Urban Regeneration Company (URC)

Urban regeneration

One of Scotland’s “newest cities”, Raploch was increasingly excluded from economic activity and prosperity, according to raploch.com. However, it has now been selected for urban regeneration, which should transform the area into a “21st century community.”

In order to meet carbon targets, “cross laminated” timber, from which the building will be constructed, has been imported from Austria as it doesn’t exist in Scotland.

Air-tightness and thermal conductivity

External walls will be made “to specifications which are recognised for their advantages in terms of sound absorption and transmission, air-tightness and thermal conductivity,” says Click Green.

The walls will then be finished with zinc roofing and cladding on the upper level and rainscreen cladding at street level. The building will feature micro-renewable equipment, solar thermal panels to heat water and an air source heat pump to provide domestic heating.

Low carbon development

It is hoped the design and construction of the Raploch project will inspire and educate other developers, with the aim being for more low carbon developments to be built in Scotland.

Speaking about the building, Kevin Braidwood, head of physical built environment at Raploch, said:

“This is the first time a mass timber, mixed use, low carbon development has been attempted in Scotland and we at Raploch URC are very proud to be leading the way in this area.”

The building should be ready to move into by Spring next year.

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