First of three stunning Passivhaus-designed homes is sold

10/09/2019 08:34:00

The first of three self-heating, Passivhaus-designed homes at Chatelherault Country Park, near Hamilton has been sold with a second going on the market later this month.

The properties are the result of a four-year project aimed at bringing together the latest in environmental design with stunning architecture.

The detached homes have been designed to blend into the local, rural environment using handpicked, high quality building materials and finished with slate, zinc and Siberian larch cladding.

The interiors include kitchens and bathrooms fitted to the highest specifications, using Porcelanosa and Ashley Ann products and with acoustic floorboards and bespoke flooring throughout.

What sets them apart is their commitment to sustainability and low energy consumption, using the latest renewable techniques certified by the Passivhaus Institut of Germany, including a pioneering mechanical ventilation heat recovery system that makes them as close to self-heating as is possible.

Local couple Susan and Stephen McGhee bought the four-bedroom property because they wanted a new house that reflected their desire to live a more sustainable life.

Susan said: “We wanted a home which was contemporary and not part of a sprawling estate, but we wanted to continue staying in Ferniegair - Avongreen Abode ticked all those boxes!  

“The only knowledge of Passivhaus is what we had seen on TV programmes like Grand Designs. After two viewings we were totally onboard with the idea of owning a Passivhaus and we’re also looking to make changes in other areas of our life by replacing our existing vehicles with cars.”

The houses have been built around a central roundabout with south-facing gardens to maximise natural solar gains and benefit from views to the landscape and trees beyond the site. 

The windows have been carefully positioned to ensure privacy while also offering views across the rural landscape.

They have been designed with a flexible layout including a central, sliding wall which can be moved to create a more intimate snug-style space when required, separate from the remainder of the large, open-plan family space, kitchen and dining areas.

Double height spaces over the main sitting area and circulation maximise the connection between both storeys, and large areas of south facing glazing blur the boundary between inside and out.

Carefully positioned ‘brise soleil’ protect the interior spaces from overheating when the sun is at its highest; this strategy is supplemented by the high levels of insulation and airtightness demanded by high quality residential buildings that meet the Passivhaus standards. 

The buildings are clad in a limited palette of materials that reflect the local context, with an up to date twist: a slate tile roof and wall cladding to the upper floor are complemented by some areas of timber cladding on the ground floor. 

 For more information about the properties please contact Scottish Property Centre Shawlands on 0141 649 7979 or visit


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