Aberdeen’s energy-efficient nursery completes

Aberdeen’s Rocking Horse is first Passivhaus nursery building in a Scottish university

Timber engineering company Scotframe has supplied the main structural components of the first fully-certified Passivhaus (Passive House) building in a Scottish university. The University of Aberdeen’s showpiece Rocking Horse Nursery is based in the Powis Gate area off College Bounds.

The newly-completed £2 million building is the first pre-school facility in Scotland to adopt the demanding energy­ efficient design concept.

Philip Edwards, who has a sales and estimating role at Scotframe and is also a director of Hybrid Build Solutions, said: ‘One of the most significant keys to Passivhaus standards is the level of airtightness, which requires a continuous, tight building envelope. The Scotframe panels achieved a figure considerably lower in terms of air changes per hour than those actually specified for Passivhaus projects.”  

Calum Proctor, project manager at Aberdeen University, said: ‘This was an exciting project to work on, and required great teamwork from our design and construction partners and all our suppliers.

‘Together we’ve delivered a building of very high quality which meets the challenging Passivhaus standard. The children and staff are very much enjoying their new home, and that is thanks to all who were involved.’

The Rocking Horse Nursery building, which will cater for 78 children in the University community, used more than five kilometres of specialist tape. The glue on the tape is the same strength and quality as that used on aircraft wings. 



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