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Schoolmasters – Kirkton Of Maryculter, Aberdeenshire

Schoolmasters is a low energy eco house located near Aberdeen, Scotland.   The single storey house utilises Passivhaus design principals and renewable technologies to ensure lower running costs.  The house is powered by a 5.5kw solar PV array and a biomass stove. A solar switch diverts any export electricity to heat the 500 litre water store. The pellet stove provides any additional heat that may be required in winter. Adopting a ‘fabric first’ approach, the super insulated, airtight structure features south facing triple glazed windows and doors. Mechanical ventilation heat recovery recycles and keeps the internal air fresh and warm. Tyvek reflective membranes help keep heat in the building.


Designed by Stuart Duncan, this single storey house features a double height entrance and biomass pellet stove.
The house was predominantly built off-site using modern methods of construction. Prefabrication in a factory environment has many advantages over traditional construction methods. No bad weather, less waste and fixed costs enable a more sustainable way to build.
By building to Passivhaus standards the house offers extremely high levels of comfort but will require little energy. The main aspect faces South and will benefit from solar gain.  The renewables package includes solar pv for electricity generation. The airtight structure will be complimented by triple glazing and mechanical ventilation heat recovery.  The latest smart home technology will enable the house to be controlled from a tablet or smartphone.
Schoolmasters has its own website, check it out here: www.schoolmasters.co.uk
General Specification
Building SpecificationPassivhaus values
Floor Area 195 sq metres
RenewablesMechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery
Solar PV
Biomass pellet stove
GlazingTriple glazed, aluminium clad
External finishesK-rend, Timber, Powdercoat aluminium