Similar House – Passivhaus development at Springfield Terrace, St Boswells
Fantastic news this week as we are another step closer to delivering more green homes in the Borders. The first of three Passivhaus homes at Springfield Place in St Boswells will complete in March and a further ten-home development at Westruther has secured planning. This will provide another six 3-bedroom houses and four 2-bedroom. They’ll start building from March this year and be ready for new tenants in Spring 2021. Built to Passivhaus standard, the homes generally need 90% less energy for heating and hot water than standard buildings with very low running costs. Another stride towards their fight against fuel poverty.
Westruther is one of four developments forming our green pilot which will see up to 50 new green homes built using different building methods. Working in partnership with Scottish Borders Council, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and Glasgow School of Art (MEARU) the pilot will compare construction costs, time to build and the experience of tenants living in the homes.
We will be looking to work closely with two families at each of the green projects for a period of time when they move in. The results will be used to determine not only our future building programme but also lead the way for how Scottish homes are built and lived in, in the future.
This is all part of our strategy to invest in excess of 120 million pounds in the Borders economy bringing much needed jobs, regeneration and 750 affordable new homes.