Energy Efficient Homes

R.HOUSE are committed to the highest standards of energy efficiency.

Underfloor heating in the house is provided by an Air Source Heat Pump system which also heats the water. This along with mechanical heat recovery ventilation and Photovoltaic solar panels make the R.HOUSE exceptionally economical to run. Factory construction is safer, cleaner and allows work in all weather. This ensures swift production and fixed cost pricing.

  • 90% reduction in manufacturing waste achievable by off-site building
  • Noise and disruption to neighbours of the development site greatly reduced
  • Build quality greatly improved
  • Speedy erection of buildings when delivered to site
  • High thermal and acoustic insulation
  • Responsibly sourced materials, FSC approved
  • High performance double glazing (Standard Windows are Nordan N|Tech 1.2)
  • Low energy lights
  • Airtightness
  • PV panels to increase energy performance
  • Reduced carbon emissions due to fewer deliveries
  • Underfloor Heating
  • Air Source Heat Pump
  • Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery System (MVHR)
  • Electric Car Charging Point
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Building Sustainable Homes: Our Process

Sustainability is not just about the finished timber home. The fabrication and construction processes are as important. To truly build sustainably is to create a structure that’s environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout its life cycle, from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation — even demolition.

Our prefabrication process has been carefully developed to reduce manufacturing waste (by up to 90%) while maintaining a very high build quality.

Unlike other construction companies, who need to use a lorry and separate crane to deliver and erect panels on-site, our cleverly designed crane/lorry combo has increased our efficiency, reducing our trips to the site and thus reducing our CO2 emissions. We are the only construction company in Scotland with this capability.


Economic Sustainability

The R.HOUSE range is designed to save money during prefabrication and on-site construction. Careful design, choice of durable materials, and high-performing, long-lasting components prevent major future renovations and reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

High levels of insulation and airtightness in combination with energy-efficient heating and ventilation systems reduce the energy running costs, making each R.HOUSE very economical to heat.

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Social Sustainability

A key aspect of sustainability is enabling future societies to function and flourish, empowering local communities and revitalising the local economy.

We are passionate about supporting rural communities and have used our expertise in sustainable design and construction in several affordable housing projects to meet local community housing needs.

Read more about our Community Projects
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Environmental Sustainability

In the broad context, environmentally sustainable architecture aims to reduce the negative environmental impact of buildings by enhancing efficiency and moderating the use of materials, energy, and development space.

When we first decided to find a way to build affordable, sustainable houses, we wanted to source sustainable materials from within Scotland, thus supporting local businesses and reducing the transport distances and, in turn, carbon emissions. For example, we worked closely with Cromarty Sawmill to source Larch trees felled in the Highlands for cladding the outside.

Read more about our responsibly sourced materials and energy efficiency below.

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