THE first Passivhaus development in Stirlingshire is completed, making it the first of its kind in Scotland.

By using sustainable building methods, Cruden Building Scotland said each new home will use up to 90% less energy for heating and 70% less energy in comparison to conventional building equivalents.

The firm, which is part of the wider construction developer Cruden Group, added that each home is fitted with mechanical heat recovery ventilation and solar photovoltaics.

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

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Based in the village of Drymen, the development comprises 15 modern and affordable new homes. 

Allan Callaghan, Cruden Building Scotland managing director, said: “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.”

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He said the firm is able to maximise the positive impact the new homes will have on the environment and provide tenants with significant savings on energy bills by bringing these solutions together as one.

The project was delivered on behalf of Hanover Scotland. 

Angela Currie, Hanover Scotland chief executive officer, 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.”