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MSP Visits Passivhaus Developments in Dumfries & Galloway

25 May 2024

Loreburn Housing Association welcomed Alex Rowley MSP to Dumfries & Galloway to show him the recently completed Certified Passivhaus Developments in Dumfries and Dalbeattie. 

Alex Rowley MSP is a long-term supporter of the Passivhaus standard. His member’s bill, the Proposed Domestic Building Environmental Standards (Scotland) Bill, formed the basis of the policy adopted by the Scottish Government. Alex Rowley developed the Bill in response to the Scottish Climate Assembly’s 2021 Recommendations for Action, in which 97% of the Assembly voted in favour of the Passivhaus or Scottish equivalent standard for new build projects in Scotland which is currently being undertaken by the Scottish Government.

Robert Potter and Partners provided both Architectural and Passive House Design services on both these innovative affordable housing developments in Dumfries & Galloway for Loreburn Housing Association.

The Passivhaus equivalent policy offers a long-term ‘spend to save’ approach that will help address Scotland’s fuel poverty crisis, help future-proof housing stock, and tackle our climate emergency. It was fantastic to bring together fellow MSPs, local authorities, housing associations and representatives from the Scottish construction industry to explore positive ways to take the policy forward.