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Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland 2017 awards

We are proud to sponsor the prestigious RIAS Resource Efficiency Award.

The construction and built environment sector is the biggest user of materials in Scotland - around 50% - and is responsible for over 50% of carbon emissions when the operation of buildings is included. The environmental impact of construction can be addressed at every stage of the build project, from design, to procurement through to end of life deconstruction.That’s why Zero Waste Scotland is keen to recognise and share the fantastic projects being undertaken in the sector.

Enter the awards online. Deadline for entries is 12:00 Friday 24 February 2017

We’re delighted to be sponsoring this award for the third year celebrating the fantastic steps the construction sector is taking to reduce its environmental impact. Our previous winners were Tigh na Croit, Gorstan by HLM Architects and Arcadia Nursery, Edinburgh. Malcolm Fraser Architects.


2016  Winner of Special Category Award - Resource Efficiency 

Tigh na Croit, Gorstan by HLM Architects

Tigh-na-Croit was an outstanding example of the level of resource efficiency that can be achieved in residential housing. As a fully certified European ‘PassivHaus’, it met a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency, and required very little energy for space heating or cooling. Achieving 80% reduced energy consumption in a traditional steading design is both radical and inspiring. It provided an example of the innovation we’d like to see applied to homes and buildings across Scotland.


2015 Winner of Special Category Award - Resource Efficiency 

Arcadia Nursery, Edinburgh. Malcolm Fraser Architects.

Malcolm Fraser Architects provided excellent demonstration of resource efficiency with the innovative design of Arcadia Nursery.  Space and natural lighting were well utilised. Moreover there was effective integration of service requirements with existing local infrastructure.


Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Its goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. The aim is to embed resource efficiency practices and introduce circular economy principles amongst the architecture, planning and construction sectors in order to make the best use of materials, water and energy over the lifecycle of built assets to minimise embodied and operational carbon, and to extend the useful life of the built environment and materials through circular design and construction. 

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