ECCI building featured in the Scotsman

17 August 2012

ECCI's new building at High School Yards was featured in the Scotsman this week.

Architect Calum Duncan told The Scotsman's Environment Correspondent Julia Horton that they hope to create the "world's most sustainable listed building".

The article quoted an interview with project architect Calum Duncan who explained the importance of proving to people that you don’t need costly technology and odd-looking designs to be environmentally friendly.

He said: “People looking at it will not be able to see that it is a worldclass energy efficient building. A building doesn’t need to look like a spaceship to be energy efficient, but people tend to think that it does.
“It’s really important for sustainability not to lose energy. This is a category B listed building which is draughty and leaky so we need to make the new and existing parts airtight.

“There’s a lot of sticky tape involved and airtight membranes....(which are) developing technologies. The tape is more sophisticated that it sounds, but it is not a ‘look at me’ technology.

He added: “There is no, one hi-tech feature that will ensure a historic building will be a centre of sustainability building with outstanding sustainable credentials....The devil is in the detail. It takes a lot of hard work and consideration in every small aspect of the building construction details, type of materials, where they come from, how they are made and how long they last.

“There are actually a great deal of developing technologies that are used, but they are not necessarily obvious or particularly glamorous.”

ECCI executive director Dr Andy Kerr also spoke to the Scotsman. He hopes that the centre can lead the way for other historic buildings in Scotland to become sustainable too.

He said: “It has only really been these spaceship style buildings which achieve this status and we have got so many fabulous buildings in Scotland which are often older and we wanted to try to demonstrate that it’s possible to turn an older building into a sustainable building without all the bling on it.”

Read the article online.