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BRE Refurbished House

A range of Saint-Gobain products were specified to aid the renovation of the BRE Refurbished House project which recreated a full-scale ‘four-in-a-block’ typical Scottish apartment dwelling.

The retrofit demonstration was led by BRE Scotland with Edinburgh Napier University, Historic Scotland and Scottish Government with Cruden Building and Renewals. The project enabled a robust assessment to be made on the cost effectiveness of fabric upgrades for this building style, for walls, windows, roofs and services. Following the assessment, an upscaling approach was rolled out to multiple dwellings, increasing the energy efficiency, reducing running costs and minimising carbon emissions.

BRE Scotland Director David Kelly commented at the start of the project in June 2013 “Scotland has a high incidence of fuel poverty, with approximately 25% of homes spending more than 10% of their total income on energy bills. This is a shocking and unacceptable situation and one which we aim to change with the host of new knowledge this project will generate.”

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