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Sustainable buildings

Creating sustainable, eco-friendly buildings

Buildings and Climate Change

Buildings account for nearly 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

The good news is that if we all make small changes we can make a difference. There's lots of great advice available on everything from considering architectural design and construction materials, to heating and waste management.

Not only can we reduce our carbon footprint and make our homes and businesses more efficient, change can also save us money.

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland is a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.

Its aim is to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly.

It provides training, business efficiency support, toolkits and interest free loans. Browse their website, or see the Find Support and Funding section below for specific links.

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PassivHaus energy efficiency for Outer Hebrides build

Cnoc Soilleir is an exciting joint venture between Ceòlas Uibhist and Lews Castle College UHI.

Located in the Gaelic heartland of South Uist, Cnoc Soilleir will create a unique building with performance, educational, office and community space to meet the needs of both educational programmes, and community-led activities around Gaelic language learning, heritage, culture, music and dance.

Cnoc Soilleir is being built to Passivhaus Standards which achieve a 75% reduction in space heating requirements, compared to standard practice for UK new build.

Find out more about Passivhaus

Community-led green recovery

As well as delivering key services, community organisations often breathe new life into unused buildings.

Find out about projects including Isle of Kerrera Old School, Shapinsay's affordable housing, and Sleat's Armadale Stores, which have put funding from the Scottish Government's Islands Green Recovery Fund to good use.

Islands Green Recovery Programme

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Construction materials for our future

Innovative Skye based Community Interest Company CLIMAVORE has brought together community, local culture, science and art to look at how communities can source food from our seas, and protect our natural environment.

Recently they've been working with the next generation of construction workers on sustainable building materials.

See the CLIMAVORE story

Meet all of our Net Zero Heroes

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LOW and ZERO emissions heat in Scotland

Increasing energy efficiency when heating our homes, workplaces and community buildings is an important part of Scotland’s net zero transition. The Scottish Government has consulted with communities on how we move to greener and efficient technologies, and reduce fuel poverty. 

Follow the links below to find out more.

Heat in Buildings Strategy Consultation

New build heat standard

The scale of the low carbon heat opportunity in Scotland is growing rapidly.  Find out what's happening in investment and skills development.

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