The Good House Company is leading the way in Scotland in the construction of passive houses, which are designed to require little energy for heating, so fuel bills are drastically reduced.
The passive house method is not an 'add on' but part of the architectural design process. Buildings constructed in this way are built with meticulous attention to detail, their rigorous design and construction adhering to principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany.
A key element in this is the insulation process. Homes built by The Good House Company have three times the amount of insulation of a normal timber-framed house, so the end result is like 'shrink wrapping' the building from the inside, eliminating draughts and preserving heat.
For those who wish to take the energy-saving principle even further, solar panels and photo-voltaic cells.