After just three months on site, Stewart Milne Timber Systems has completed work on an exemplar eco-village for social enterprise, Duneland Ltd in Moray, north Scotland, which has attracted buyers from all over the world.
Stewart Milne Timber Systems, claims to be the UK’s leading provider of timber system building solutions, supplied build systems incorporating cutting-edge products for 25 new low carbon homes for Duneland at East Whins, a 16 acre site adjacent to the Findhorn Foundation Community at The Park, in the Findhorn Bay of Moray.|
The project is the latest in Duneland’s vision to create sustainable human settlements which provide solutions to human and social needs while also working in partnership with nature. To meet the brief to build 25 super-insulated homes in harmony with the environment, Stewart Milne Timber Systems supplied a highly insulated building fabric, made from natural and, where possible, home-grown materials. Using solid cross-laminated timber (CLT) floors, an open panel wall construction and cassette roofs, all properties in the development incorporate very high standards of insulation and air tightness, providing an energy efficient living solution.
John Smith, head of technical, Stewart Milne Timber Systems explains: “This has been a unique project for us, and one which gave us the opportunity to specify new products and meet the Duneland ethos. We used local Scottish timber for most of the structural products and supplied CLT, which came straight to site from Austria, as part of the build system.”
The Ecovillage is a model for sustainable living, comprising 13 two and three-bed terraced houses, 12 two-bed flats and six flexible units which include a community area, laundry block and workshop spaces. Sustainable values are expressed in the built environment through very high specification ecological houses, innovative use of building materials, and beauty in the architecture which reflects its precious dune and woodland setting. The materials for this project were all chosen for their low ecological impact, and also for their natural, visual appeal.
Designed by Glasgow-based John Gilbert Architects, the properties incorporate top of the range renewable technologies including: air source heat pumps; high-end solar thermal roof panels and innovative warmcell insulation pumped into the timber frame panels.
The project, which aims to be an exemplar of large scale ecological and low energy construction, is due to be completed in January 2013 with worldwide buyers set to move in from Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Of the 25 units, 21 are for private use, and four are affordable homes.
Source:CM Porter Novelli