Professor Gokay Deveci, Dunoon, 2010


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Sea-facing row of terraced houses designed with energy-efficiency in mind, which achieved PassivHaus accreditation

The site occupies a sea-front location in Dunoon with views of the Clyde. It was sold to Fyne Initiatives by Argyll and Bute Council on the basis that the purchaser would provide affordable housing to meet the needs of the local community.

The client’s aims were to develop proposals that would facilitate the provision of affordable, good quality and low-energy designs of one, two and three bedroom family houses to be sold as ‘homestake’ (shared equity).

The overall design typology follows the traditional built form of fishing village arrangement where gables are facing the sea in an effort to reduce weather exposure and prevailing winds. The massing arrangement creates a two storey street of double gables with a gap between to accommodate south facing one-bed units with roof gardens.

The construction is prefabricated super insulated I-beam roof and walls, externally finished with sto-render on blockwork.

This scheme is the first social housing scheme in the UK to gain PassivHaus accreditation.


  • Begun: Mar 2009
  • Completed: Apr 2010
  • Floor area: 1,438m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £2.4M
  • Funding: Sold to Fyne Initiatives by Argyll and Bute Council
  • Procurement: JCT 80 and Partnering
  • CO2 Emissions: 24.7kg/m2/year
  • Address: Bullwood Road, Innellan, Dunoon, PA23 7QL, United Kingdom

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