BRE Ravenscraig recently played host to Phil Boswell MP, the Westminster representative for the people of Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill.
During his tour of the facility, which was conducted by Dr David Kelly, group director, BRE Innovation Park Networks, Mr Boswell saw first-hand the Refurbished House, a recreation of the ‘four in a block’ home which demonstrates a range of innovative retrofit solutions for some of the most energy inefficient homes across the UK.
The project, which has been delivered by BRE Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and Historic Scotland and was constructed by local builders, Cruden, enables a robust assessment on the most cost effective solutions of fabric upgrades for this building style, for walls, windows, roofs and services.
Mr Boswell visited the Curriculum House, which has been designed and built by brightest and best architectural and construction students from New College Lanarkshire and is the first ‘live’ higher level educational project of its kind in the UK.
He was also impressed with the Energy Efficient Home, specifically designed for the affordable sector of the market by Scottish firm, AppleGreen.
This uniquely-designed home has attracted international attention from organisations and governments across the globe who are seeking to address their own house building industries, by improving skills, creating jobs and ultimately building large volumes of quality, affordable, energy efficient homes.
Commenting on the visit, Dr Kelly of BRE, said: “At BRE Ravenscraig Innovation Park, we aim to blend science and technology with innovation and entrepreneurship to find solutions for existing and future buildings not only in Scotland but in the UK, in Europe and around the world.
“The more we can open it up to people, the more exciting it will be so it was a pleasure to be able to share our vision with Mr Boswell, in his capacity as an elected Government representative.”
Guided tours of BRE Innovation Park are available to all and can be arranged by contacting the Park direct on 01698 262193
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