Skills Academy Eco Houses

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Lead Partner: City Building

Other Partners: Glasgow Housing Association

Project Team: PRP Architects

Project History
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  • Construction underway for Skills Academy eco showhomes
  • Construction underway for new eco showhomes
  • Construction underway for 'eco' showhomes
  • Construction underway for 'eco' showhomes
  • Construction continues at Eco Homes
  • Works progressing at the new Skills Academy Eco Homes
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Glasgow City Centre, Laurieston


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 home

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.

Current status:

Complete November 2010.


2010 - 2015