House-building contest

A partnership opportunity which would see a house-builder, developer or consortium of industry specialists design and build a house to showcase the principles of resource efficiency will open for applications on September 17.

Working in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, the successful applicant will be ready to take on the challenge to deliver a highly innovative yet affordable resource-efficient house – a project which could position them as a market-leader in Scotland’s future housing developments.

If all of the 17,112 new homes built in Scotland last year had sent zero waste to landfill, it is estimated this would have saved 85,560 tonnes of construction waste and saved the industry over £4 million in dealing with that waste.

The exemplar build will be required to meet the 2016 Scottish Building Standards at Gold Level as a minimum, and should aim to show both how resource efficiency measures can be included within the design, construction and deconstruction and how this can contribute towards a resource efficient lifestyle for future occupants.

The successful development partner or consortium will construct the house on a development plot funded by Zero Waste Scotland at the BRE Innovation Park. Selected build materials and fit out furnishings will be made available to the development partner on a free issue basis to support the construction of the house.

Following construction, the house will be showcased as part of the park for at least two years, including having the winning design showcased in the Lighthouse in Glasgow.

At the end of the period, the development partner will also be required to deconstruct the house and ensure that the materials are re-used or recycled where possible.

Applications can be made at from September 17, or contact for more information.