SCOTTISH Housing and Welfare minister Margaret Burgess MSP performed the sod cutting for a new facility in the BRE Scotland Innovation Park at Ravenscraig last week.
The park is a mini-community of demonstration homes and buildings intended to shape future housing in Scotland and BRE Scotland director Rufus Logan showed Ms Burgess the completed timber visitor centre and Applegreen home which is currently under construction.
She then met Michael McGuire, lead partner on the Curriculum House, which will be designed and constructed by pre-apprentice and apprentice students from Motherwell College’s architectural design and construction courses.
Ms Burgess then performed the sod cutting to launch the on the Resource Efficient House, a Zero Waste Scotland demonstration project of how the latest principles in resource efficiency and waste reduction can be applied in house building.
She said: “What I’ve seen is an outstanding example of innovation and partnership working in practice.
“It will stimulate greater engagement with both industry and individuals interested in learning about, assessing and demonstrating new technologies and building designs.”
Over the next two years a total of 10 full scale homes and buildings will be constructed in the park.
Mr Logan said: “We need to address fuel poverty in Scotland and the park is the catalyst to make that happen.”