With the Government launch of the most recent ‘Housing Design Quality Standards’, Gaia have been approached by a number of housing associations across the country to develop strategies for improving the thermal performance of their existing building stock. In depth technical and social analysis of the buildings and occupants has highlighted common weaknesses, and gaia are working with these organisations to develop site-specific solutions to alleviate fuel poverty, improve occupant comfort and reduce building defects.
Following recommendation by the Climate Challenge Fund, Gaia were approached to carry out a Feasibility Study to develop strategies for LifeCare, an Edinburgh-based welfare charity, to improve the energy efficiency of their 1970s office. Recommendations from the subsequent air-tightness and thermographic surveys led to a number of parts of the building fabric being replaced and upgraded, and LifeCare’s open day to celebrate this work will be held on Monday 28th March.
With the help of some decent weather and a last minute push from the contractor, Practical Completion has been certified on Glentress, with all four buildings passing their final, pre-handover air-tightness tests. The tenancies have been let for the Cafe and Bike Shop and it is expected that the the fit-outs of these buildings will start soon. The laying of the final, tarmac wearing course in the next week or so will make the site look a lot tidier and ready for the onslaught of the anticipated 300,000+ visitors expected annually.
- Projects like this…
- Glentress Visitor Centre & Masterplan