Super Insulated House

Reiach and Hall Architects, Roslin, Edinburgh, 2009


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Refurbishment and renovation of a 1960s bungalow with a focus on passive design

The existing house was a fairly typical example of 1960s residential architecture, with uninsulated walls, poor glazing and a roof seriously in need of repair.

The layout of the house was retained and the structure was upgraded and extended. Full window walls on the ground floor engage the house with the garden ground, while bedrooms are located on a new first floor, all orientated to benefit from a southerly aspect and take advantage of the views.

The renovation included replacing the glazing installing insulation and adding very airtight overcladding with the aim of creating a home that is as carbon neutral as is possible, while using only passive means.


  • Begun: Feb 2009
  • Completed: Nov 2009
  • Floor area: 235m2
  • Sector: House
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • CO2 Emissions: 40kg/m2/year
  • Address: Chapel Loan, Roslin, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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