Video: ‘Topping out’ reached for Edinburgh low carbon homes development

Video: 'Topping out' reached for Edinburgh low carbon homes development

Artisan's Izzy Bastiani and David Westwater atop Rowanbank Gardens in Edinburgh

A major landmark at one of the UK’s most sustainable new housing developments has been reached with the ‘topping out’ of Rowanbank Gardens in Corstorphine, Edinburgh.

Structural building work on the final phase of Artisan Real Estate’s 126-apartment development has now been completed. The advanced technology used throughout the design of the building could result in energy bills costing up to 60% less than other new build apartments in the surrounding area. 

Rowanbank Gardens is now on track for completion in 2023 and will deliver 93 apartments for private sale, set around a large garden space filled with fruit trees and communal planting beds. Construction work began in summer 2021, with the first move-ins expected in spring next year.

Welcoming the topping out of Rowanbank Gardens, David Westwater, Artisan’s development director for Scotland, said: “We have now reached a significant milestone in the development process. The size, shape and scale of Rowanbank Gardens can now be realised, with its highest point encompassing a large ‘green’ turfed roof area next to two penthouse apartments commanding breath-taking views of the iconic Edinburgh skyline and beyond to the Pentland Hills. 

“For the first time, we can see how the design and materials used in the construction process are contributing to Rowanbank Gardens’ superb sustainability credentials which, as well as offering a superb environment in which to live, can also provide significant financial benefit for potential homeowners feeling the pinch of soaring energy bills and the rising cost of living.”

Video: 'Topping out' reached for Edinburgh low carbon homes development

Latest research on the fossil-fuel-free homes shows that average annual hot water and heating costs for a two-bedroom apartment at the energy efficient development could be as low as £775 per year or less than £65 per month - providing long-term cost savings for first-time budget-conscious buyers or downsizers looking for more energy efficient living.

It is one of the first large developments in Scotland to employ individual low-carbon Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) providing both heat and domestic hot water - moving away from large, complex fossil-fuel heat sources. With additional insulation, larger windows and improved air circulation, the ASHP system allows internal heat to be recovered through the ventilation system, forming a closed energy loop with almost all useful heat being retained within the apartments, to provide heating and hot water. 

Artisan has also championed the use of green roofs at Rowanbank Gardens, which are natural insulators being cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They also provide a natural drainage facility with rainwater evaporating in sunlight, providing the simplest form of a short-term carbon cycle and reducing the impact on the existing drainage system.

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