City Building are constructing 4 semi-detached 'eco' showhouses
within the grounds of its new Skills Academy Centre. The prototype
houses feature high standards of insulation, coupled with low
energy running costs and simple technology.
The aim is for heating and hot water bills of just £100 per
year, compared to £1,100 per year for a typical 3-bedroom
The four 3-bedroom, semi-detached houses are being built in
alternative types of wall construction. House type 1 has a thin bed
insulating hollow clay block construction with external wall
insulation and render finish. House type 2 comprises a highly
insulated, locally sourced timber frame with pre-manufactured floor
and roof cassettes, with external walls in facing brick.
The construction phase will provide practical training in
both general and environmental construction techniques and
processes to the students of the Skills Academy. The houses are
purely for constructional education and will not be occupied at any
time in their anticipated five year life span.
Once the houses are fully tested, it is planned that more will
be built for Glasgow Housing Association tenants.
Complete November 2010.