This low energy, self build house is set on a hill overlooking the sea near Stonehaven. Its clean and simple lines echo the vernacular of the area although it is essentially a very modern building based on passive solar construction. The walls are double skin aerated concrete block with 300mm of insulation, achieving a U valuemeasurement of how much heat escapes (or gets in). The units are W/sq.m./°c. see Insulation properties of 0.1W/m²k. This gives high thermal massthis is about how much heat something can absorb - so it involves its specific heat capacity and its volume. It can be useful for levelling out the peaks and troughs of temperature within a house. See the page on thermal mass which helps prevent overheating in the summer as well as retaining spare solar heat in winter. The central area which is mainly open plan and two storey[for the purposes of part B (fire) of the Approved Documents to the Building Regulations] this includes - (a) any gallery[for the purposes of part B of the Approved Documents] - A raised area or platform around the sides or at the back of a room which provides extra space. if its area is more than half that of the space into which it projects; and (b) a roof, unless it is accessible only for maintenance and repair. is largely glazed to the south. The glazing is tripple and the Velux roof lights have integrated solar collectors within their grid. The effect is of the solar collectors being part of the design rather than stuck on afterwards – which is usually the case. There is a heat recovery ventilation system.
More details on the site of the Robert Gordon University
architect – Gokay Deveci.