Rehau helps launch affordable low carbon house

The first affordable, low-energy, low-carbon house designed for the mass market has been officially opened by John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the Scottish parliament.

The house, in which REHAU was a key partner, has been built at South Lanarkshire College and is hailed as the 'future' of house building. Scottish Ministers hope its unique micro-renewable and energy saving features will be used as a 'prototype' for housing developers.

Polymer specialist REHAU has supplied a complete range of sustainable solutions for the project including its RAUGEO ground source energy probes, AWADUKT Thermo ground - air heat exchanger, underfloor heating, EVERLOC leak-free plumbing pipework system, RAURAIN rainwater harvesting system, RAUPIANO sound insulated waste pipe and highly energy efficient PVC-U windows and doors.

Martin Hitchin, Chief Executive of REHAU Ltd, sai: "The UN Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen has focused the world's attention on protecting the environment and this house demonstrates how that can be achieved with products and solutions which are available now from mainstream suppliers.

"The new house is one of the first buildings in Scotland to have achieved an A rated energy certificate yet it is at an affordable price which enables it to be rolled out by both private and social housing providers to meet the predicted demand.

"REHAU is one of the UK's leading providers of sustainable polymer products for the construction sector and in this application we have been able to demonstrate perfectly how our products can be used to meet both current and future building standards and requirements."

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