Dr Julio Bros-Williamson is the academic lead for the Edinburgh Home Demonstrator (EHD) project, which has developed a standardised approach for local authorities and housing associations to adopt for energy-efficient design and meeting low-carbon performance standards across a range of future housing developments.
The £1m programme involves partners from the City of Edinburgh Council, Offsite Solutions Scotland, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Built Environment – Smarter Transformation (BE-ST) and Scottish Futures Trust.
The project has created a framework for efficient design that can be adopted to deliver different housing types, such as flats, houses and cottage flats. The guide provides recommendations combining fabric-first energy efficient standards, renewable energy technology, and modern methods of construction using timber offsite manufacturing.
While the guide recommends common parts – including floorplans and electrical heating systems – elements such as the external materials and appearance of homes can be customised to ensure buildings are designed in keeping with local surroundings.
This new approach for high-performing affordable homes is being tested out with a pilot project in Granton, including the creation of 75 net zero carbon-ready one, two and three-bed flats. The flats are being constructed by offsite construction specialists, CCG (Scotland), and are funded by the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme and the City of Edinburgh Council.
The first homes designed using the performance standards are expected to be completed in the summer of 2023 and once occupied, will be monitored to measure the building performance and the effectiveness of the low-carbon energy systems and help inform future housing projects.
With the new design and performance standards, the programme also hopes to shape new build developments across the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, providing a route map to net zero carbon homes that use offsite manufacturing.
Net zero goals
Dr Julio Bros-Williamson said:
Ainslie McLaughin, chair of the Edinburgh Home Demonstrator Programme Project Board, said: