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John Gilbert Architects develop 'Passivhoos' housing system specifically for Scottish needs

PHT member John Gilbert Architects and contractors Stewart & Shields have developed a service called Passivhoos – homes designed specifically for Scottish social housing providers that meet Passivhaus standards and Scottish Government budget benchmarks. The team have successfully delivered several Passivhaus schemes between them. Passivhoos’ aim is to eradicate fuel poverty, reduce rent arrears and offer high levels of resident comfort and satisfaction. 

Passivhoos John Gilbert Architects

Passivhoos. Image credit John Gilbert Architects

We’ve developed Passivhaus homes that are affordable and can be produced on a larger scale for social housing, bringing the benefits to a wider market and for those who need it most. Our collaboration with Stewart & Shields has enabled us to work rigorously on the affordability and with our supply chain, we can offer designs on a fixed budget which fall within the Scottish Government housing association benchmark.

Matt Bridgestock, John Gilbert Architects Director


Passivhoos has been developed for Scottish housing providers and is available in a variety of configurations to suit many different sites. The projects will initially be constructed from a Kingspan Tek system. There are currently three Passivhoos types offering 2-3 bedroom options that provide affordable housing solutions that will deliver on occupant comfort. More information can be found in the Passivhoos PDF download

Passivhoos 3 types


Passivhoos costs

The schedule to the right outlines indicative works costs for typical suburban sites, for a range of house types. Depending on house type, these costs can range from £120,000 to £140,000 and are based on small projects. For larger projects, with alternative cladding options and minimal site constraints, these prices could reduce by 5% to 10%.

These indicative prices do not make allowance for site-specific issues such as contaminated land, unconventional foundations, roadworks, utility connections, contingencies etc. These prices are dependent on availability of mains water, sewerage, electric and gas connections. Design fee is excluded but a bespoke quote including architect services, engineering services, principal designer and Passivhaus certification can be supplied. Local authority and statutory fees are excluded from these indicative prices.


We believe that now is the time to reduce the economic disparity between conventional building methods and the future needs of the built environment. Our direction and training programmes are focused on achieving this essential goal in a sustainable manner. Our collaboration with John Gilbert Architects is on target to achieve this through the exciting and innovative Passivhoos concept.

Mark Shields, Stewart and Shields Director

Passivhoos officially launches on the 13th June 2017.

The Trust are encouraged by the collaborative nature of ventures such as the Passivhoos, and the real solutions they can provide for truely affordable social housing. Passivhaus Social is a campaign aimed at helping Local Authorities and Housing Associations to build and deliver Passivhaus homes. 


Further Information


Passivhaus for Local Authorities

Why more housing providers should be building to Passivhaus: 24 housing - 16 March 2017

13th June 2017

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