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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.


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!

Architeco Grand Designs

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

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We attended the External Timber Cladding Masterclass from the Forrest Products Research Institute and Napier University.

The masterclass included the findings of durability testing of Scottish grown timber, including Scots Pine, Douglas Fir, Larch and Sitka Spruce, along with the best methods of detailing for durability.

We will continue to design and detail this low impact finish in line with the latest research.


SSA Design Awards 2012


Architeco won the ‘Best Use of Wood’ Award in this year’s Stirling Society of Architects Design Awards for our Low Impact Artist’s Studio.

The studio is built almost entirely from wood, from the railway sleeper foundations to the timber floor and frame, softwood rain-screen cladding, and cedar shingles on the roof.

Efficiency, affordability, sustainability and low-key design are emphasised, to suit the communally shared multi-use site within a patchwork of small back gardens. Timber was chosen for its practicality as a highly flexible, easy-to-work-with, economical and sustainable material; as well as for its aesthetic quality, which ties in well among the existing patterns of wooden fencing and sheds on the site.

The wood used was local, and much was reclaimed, including some sourced from the Glasgow Wood Recycling Scheme.

Colin Potter attended the recent ‘New Dimensions in Green Timber Design’ event at Edinburgh Napier University.

Architeco can provide suitable building designs for clients who wish to use green timber as a structural frame.  This traditional means of building allows large sections of timber to be used and offers a beautiful aesthetic when left exposed internally. The commonly used species is oak, however, Douglas Fir offers a more sustainable option as this can be sourced in the UK, as opposed to France. Use of native green timber can be a low impact way to build and gives a building immediate character.

Green timber frame can be used for traditional or contemporary designs.