Tomduie Clachan – Comrie Croft

Tomduie Clachan, an RHS Smart Clachan pilot, is a zero-carbon 100% affordable, co-housing scheme that will be the innovation flagship in ongoing efforts to establish Comrie Croft as Scotland’s foremost demonstration and visitor learning centre for rural regeneration and future living. Modelled on a traditional Scottish clachan, reimagined for the 21st Century, Tomduie will demonstratecontinue reading

Sustainable Rural Housing for the Future | Sam Foster

Sam Foster is an architect working with Architype. His experience includes six years at Gaia Architects, nine years running his own practice and two years at Rural Housing Scotland as project manager for community-led affordable housing projects in rural Scotland – all of which focused on low-energy design using natural, non-toxic and low embodied carboncontinue reading

Scottish Housing Day: The Rural Energy Crisis – Q&A with Energy Advisor, Donnie MacKay

From food to heating, cost of living is already disproportionately high in rural and island areas. As energy prices continue to soar, the outlook for rural communities is extremely concerning. Last year, on Scottish Housing Day, we shared two blogs which explored the reasons that rural homes are often far less energy efficient than thosecontinue reading

Planning approved for community-led housing development in Braemar

We are delighted that planning permission has been secured for 15 new affordable homes in Braemar. The community-led housing development, which has received significant financial support from Cairngorms National Park Authority, The Scottish Land Fund and charity loan funder CAF Venturesome, was designed following extensive consultation with Braemar community. Delivery of the much-needed homes, whichcontinue reading

Community views sought as new development officer starts work to deliver Smart Clachan project on Isle of Uist

A development officer has started work for Rural Housing Scotland to take a new housing initiative forward in Uist. Donna Young, from Uist, will be coordinating the delivery of Smart Clachan, a community based housing development to support repopulation, by creating affordable housing and shared facilities. Rural Housing Scotland is working in partnership with Stòras Uibhist tocontinue reading

Smart Clachan initiative offers sustainable housing solution for Uist

Rural Housing Scotland will lead the development of an ambitious new initiative to tackle the interlinked issues of depopulation, demographic change and the climate crisis in Uist. In partnership with community landowner Stòras Uibhist and with funding from Emsée Fairbairn Foundation, Rural Housing Scotland plan to develop Smart Clachan which will incorporate cooperative community-led housing,continue reading

Scottish Housing Day (Part 2) – The realities of trying to improve home energy efficiency in our remote rural and island communities

This year, Scottish Housing Day is focused on the role of housing in the climate emergency. We have released two blogs on this theme. You can read our first Scottish Housing Day blog here. Our homes are responsible for 13% of Scotland’s emissions which means, in order to meet our ambitious net-zero targets, we needcontinue reading

Scottish Housing Day (Part 1) – Home energy improvement challenges in rural and island communities

With COP26 just around the corner, this year’s Scottish Housing Day is focused on the role of housing in the climate emergency. With this theme in mind, we have released two blogs looking at the difficulties rural households can face to implement important energy efficiency improvements. You can read our second blog here. Our homescontinue reading