Progress on Energy-Efficient Housing in Dunfermline
The houses, constructed by Beattie Passive for Fife Housing Association, are said to require 90% less heating and reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 100%.
Mr Walker said: “I was very pleased to be invited by Beattie Passive’s local Scottish manager, Colin Leask, to meet the builders again when the Housing Minister Keith Brown visited the site. The builders have made great progress since my last visit. I was impressed to see the houses already roofed and fitted out, and with a view to possibly opening in July.
“Sadly, in recent years the construction industry has ground down, which has led to a severe shortage of affordable housing. These houses in Inchkeith Drive will be rented out as part of Fife Housing Association’s stock, and FHA seem pleased so far with progress.
“Unlike existing social housing, which is often poorly insulated, if insulated at all, and which traps thousands of Scots in fuel poverty due to sky-high heating costs, Beattie Passive uses the latest energy-efficient construction. But modern though these houses in Inchkeith Drive are, they look traditional in appearance and fit in well with the surrounding area.
“I’m glad the project is going so well. It has brought some excellent employment opportunities locally, especially for young people. The build system has been manufactured and erected by trainees from the Fife Skills Development Centre in Kirkcaldy. Hopefully there will be plans for other similar projects in Dunfermline and Fife. Beattie Passive has proved successful in the private residential market, and the build system could be used for factories, schools and nursing homes.
“I look forward to more substantial progress across the board.”