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We have successfully implemented home working for staff during the current pandemic. We will be actively progressing project work and will be keeping in regular touch with clients. Durning this time, all meetings will be held in our virtual meeting rooms, where we can meet face to face as well as viewing drawings and 3D models.

Our landline will generally be in use, however, we will be also available on 07960 222 619 as an alternative (during office hours).

Emails are operating as usual.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions.

ARCHITECO FSBArchiteco have reached the Scottish finals of the Federation of Small Business Awards. The Environmental Award category is designed to recognise the most ethical, socially responsible and green business.

We are delighted to have our Elgin Low Energy House featured in the January 2020 edition of Homes & Interiors Scotland Magazine

AE7313_960pxPlease see our Projects page for information on this house.

We‘re sorry to say goodbye to Alan, but delighted to welcome Agnieszka, Marcelo, and Pablo to the team.

They are already making a huge difference and have brought some fresh ideas to the studio.

Keep an eye on our projects page to see some of the results very soon!

We are delighted that our Warehome project received a Highly Commended Award for Low Energy Project of the Year at the recent Structural Timber Association Awards ceremony. Architeco provided energy modelling and Passivhaus consultancy services to ensure the house achieved full Passivhaus compliance. See our Projects page for more details.


Director of Architeco, Colin Potter, will be presenting a short talk on Specialist Sustainable Architectural Practices at Scotland Build’s Sustainability Summit.

Scotland Build ArchitecoThis will be discussing how small practices are leading the way in sustainable building design.

Tickets and full programme details are available from:

This week’s Grand Designs features a 2 bed townhouse in East London where Architeco provided Passivhaus Consultancy services. At just 80sqm, a basement and some tricky detailing, it was a real challenge but we made it Passiv!

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We visit a home that is easily one of the best utilisations of space we have ever seen on Grand Designs

For more information and to see the episode see the Grand Designs website:

We are delighted to have received Planning Permission for our Passivhaus development on the Isle of Bute.Bute Passivhaus Development
The dwellings are to be starter homes and will be available for private rent, set at an affordable level with the integral low energy design strategy keeping utilities bills to a minimum. To achieve this, the dwellings are to be designed and constructed to the Passivhaus Low Energy Standard, using SIP construction.

Private gardens are provided, along with communal spaces and play areas to allow the residents to share space. As part of the Sustainable Living approach, an area of ground is to be set aside for an organic orchard and allotments to allow the development to take a further step towards self-sustaining, sustainable living, and to assist with the development of the community aspect to the proposal.

A renewable energy strategy is being considered and integrated into the design and space standards will meet the requirements of Housing for Varying Needs.

Whilst the number of proposed units is a departure from Planning Policy, any reduction in the number of units may have hindered the ability of the residents to develop a small community at this site.

We hope that this proposal will prove to be an exemplar of good quality, affordable, low energy, sustainable living for the island, and be sought after as a place to live for island inhabitants, as well as providing an attractive proposition for those considering the Isle of Bute as a place to live.

Our Isle of Harris House features in the June edition of BuildIT Magazine. The article looks at 10 Things you Need to Know About Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). With our expertise in designing specifically for SIPs when required, we advise self-builders to choose an architect experienced in designing with SIPs for their project as they will know the optimum dimensions to allow best and most cost effective use of the SIP building system. By designing for SIPs at the outset, kit costs can be reduced by several thousand pounds.Caber Harris House

We have designed numerous houses using SIPs with the architecture reflecting the build system by often including vaulted ceilings, for example. As Low Energy Architects, we find SIPs provide excellent energy efficiency and airtighness, with the outerface of the OSB of the SIP panles being suitable as the airtight layer, avoiding the requirement of taping awkward floor junctions.

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In recognition of our sustainably driven approach to the built environment, Architeco are very excited to be finalists in the 2016 VIBES Awards for ‘Scotland’s greenest businesses’.

The VIBES Awards are a partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), The Scottish GovernmentEnergy Saving TrustHighland & Islands EnterpriseScottish EnterpriseScottish WaterZero Waste Scotland and the 20:20 Climate Group.

We are looking forward to welcoming the judges to our studio in the next few weeks to discuss our environmental commitment in more detail.

We have moved to a new studio to accommodate our growing team (with the added benefit of a sea view!) Check out our Contact page for our new address.