The Resource Efficient House, BRE Ravenscraig, Scotland

Client

Zero Waste Scotland

Cost

£11.5 million

Key Services Required

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering &
Energy Strategy and Passive Design

Awards

Project Information

The Resource Efficient House has been designed to meet the Scottish Platinum Standard in Building Regulations Section 7: Sustainability. The house is one of the first projects to be delivered by the Scottish Government’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme, managed by Zero Waste Scotland.

Its south-facing orientation allows the house to enjoy an abundance of natural light but is also fitted with low-energy LED lighting. Lighting is enhanced with a polysolar thin film photovoltaic photo voltaic glazed terrace roof. For microgeneration of energy, there are roof-mounted polycrystalline photovoltaic panels. Heating is provided with an ultra-efficient stove using sustainably sourced wood pellets. The entire house operates with heat recovery ventilation while smart sensors and metering continually monitor the house’s performance.

Water conservation was a key focus with a water recovery system which re-uses wastewater. Domestic hot water supply is managed with a combi boiler plus an air source heat pump cylinder. Water conservation is also addressed with a grey-water recovery system and low water use appliances and fittings installed.

Two photovoltaic arrays are installed; one of traditional panels and one a semi-transparent thin film PV sheeting, which covers the balcony area. A stove, using a waste-by-product formed into wood pellets, provides space heating and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery ensures sufficient air quality is maintained in the airtight home.

The Resource Efficient House demonstrates how the latest principles in resource efficiency and waste reduction can be applied in house building. Currently, an average three-bed home built in Scotland can produce as much as 13 tonnes of construction waste. The Resource Efficient House produced less than five tonnes of construction waste, with less than one tonne going to landfill. As well as facilitating sustainable living for occupants, the design of the house ensures maximum recycling in-use and re-use of construction products at the end of life.

Image courtesy of BRE Group.

Paul O'Neill

MIET CEng MEng

Paul joined Bennett Freehill in late-2021 as part of the organisations drive towards technical excellence, an employee-focused culture, strategic growth and NZEB focus. 

A Chartered Engineer with 14 years’ experience in the construction and electrical industries, Paul has particular specialisms in electrical engineering, conservation, power generation and vertical transportation having worked on projects in the education, healthcare, hotels and office sectors. 

As electrical engineering design lead, Paul is responsible for technical delivery and project responsibility related to electrical engineering, and more critically, directing technical, quality and standards within the engineering teams.

Paul brings his passion for technical quality, buildability, progressivity and efficiency to the Bennett Freehill team.

Aaron McCarthy

MCIBSE CEng BEng

Aaron is a Chartered Engineer who specialises in sustainability and low carbon design, with detailed knowledge of passive design techniques and thermal modelling procedures.

Aaron joined Bennett Freehill in mid-2021, having previously gained 10 years’ experience as an Energy and Building Services design engineer within leading multi-national building services practices. Aaron brings extensive experience in managing and delivering large scale multi-disciplinary projects and has a wealth of experience in MEP Project Management.

Aaron is responsible for client liaison, technical delivery and management of design teams to ensure we meet our clients aspirations.

Aaron brings his passion and drive for successful project delivery through collaboration with clients and design teams.

Cormac Freehill

MCIBSE MIET CEng MSc BEng

A Chartered Building Services Engineer with over 15 years’ experience working with some of the UK’s foremost engineering companies, Cormac has been pivotal to the successful award and delivery of multi-million pound projects since being appointed to the role of Managing Director in June 2020 and rebranding the business as Bennett Freehill.

Cormac brings a new vision, new energy and fresh leadership to the team and is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the business, through supporting and undertaking marketing activities, and the training and development of our technically accomplished staff.  In the role of design team leader and client liaison Cormac ensures that the team delivers pioneering, pragmatic MEP design excellence for our clients. 

Cormac specialises in Passivhaus and Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB) construction and is passionate about, and professionally skilled in, Renewable Energy Systems, Energy, Procurement, Design Management and Consulting Engineering.

Cormac Freehill

MCIBSE MIET CEng MSc BEng

A Chartered Building Services Engineer with over 15 years’ experience working with some of the UK’s foremost engineering companies, Cormac has been pivotal to the successful award and delivery of multi-million pound projects since being appointed to the role of Managing Director in June 2020 and rebranding the business as Bennett Freehill.

Cormac brings a new vision, new energy and fresh leadership to the team and is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the business, through supporting and undertaking marketing activities, and the training and development of our technically accomplished staff.  In the role of design team leader and client liaison Cormac ensures that the team delivers pioneering, pragmatic MEP design excellence for our clients. 

Cormac specialises in Passivhaus and Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB) construction and is passionate about, and professionally skilled in, Renewable Energy Systems, Energy, Procurement, Design Management and Consulting Engineering.