Ostro Passivhaus wins Circular Economy Design Award

Ostro Passivhaus – a contemporary and exemplary low-energy home designed by Paper Igloo - has been named by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) as winner of the annual Circular Economy Design Award, sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland.

Located on the edge of Kippen’s conservation area, Ostro Passivhaus dispels the myth that exquisite contemporary architecture cannot be truly low energy or environmentally beneficial. The house was a labour of love for its owners: Paper Igloo’s Mhairi Grant and Martin McCrae built the house by hand over several years on a modest budget. Nothing is unnecessary or superfluous, and all parts meaningfully contribute to the story of the building, and its beauty and durability in the face of the climate crisis.

The Circular Economy Design Award is a special category award within the annual RIAS Awards. A circular economy is part of the solution to the global climate emergency – one in which products and services are valued and made to last. Through this award, as well as wider programme of events and training, the RIAS and Zero Waste Scotland have worked in partnership over several years to promote circular economy approaches to building design and placemaking, with a view to minimising the construction industry’s environmental impact.

At Ostro Passivhaus, Paper Igloo’s approaches to the design and construction of the house are inextricably linked. Both demonstrate a caring approach towards people and planet, demonstrating that it is already possible to limit carbon emissions and energy consumption, while maximising health and wellbeing through joyful and creative architecture.

RIAS President Christina Gaiger PRIAS said:

“This project demonstrates how critical architects’ skills are in delivering our Net Zero targets and the strides that RIAS Members are making in this field. I am proud that the RIAS, together with Zero Waste Scotland, has been showcasing low energy and circular design for several years, including through the circular economy award. With COP26 only recently behind us, and the huge challenge of transitioning to net zero ahead of us, the award has never been more relevant. Ostro Passivhaus is a very deserving winner, with Paper Igloo combining contemporary architecture with environmental responsibility.”

Stephen Boyle, Construction Manager at Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Ostro Passivhaus is a great example of doing things differently when it comes to the built environment. The circular economy is ultimately about making things last, relieving pressure on finite natural resources and truly valuing those that are already part of our economy by keeping them in high-value use. Designing buildings that respect the limits of our natural environment and are adaptable to future needs is integral to that approach – and Ostro Passivhaus demonstrates that it’s not only possible, but stylish.”

For more information about the winners of the 2022 RIAS Awards visit www.rias.org.uk.


Notes to editors

1. High resolution press images are available for download here

Christina Gaiger PRAIS (RIAS President) is available for interview.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) was founded in 1916 as the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland and is the foremost institute in the country dealing with architecture and the built environment. A champion of architecture and the built environment in Scotland, the RIAS supports the interests of its growing membership, united through its six regional Chapters, to promote the importance of well-designed buildings and places.

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Steven Harding,
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