Published 05 July 2024

Work has begun on an energy efficient development of homes in Pappert, Bonhill which includes properties suitable for larger families.

The 26-home development will include five, four-bedroom properties in response to greater demand from larger families within the area.

The site will also include six Passivhaus homes in a first for West Dunbartonshire, alongside a further 20 homes designed to achieve operational net zero carbon.

Passivhaus homes are super-insulated and use enhanced components such as triple-glazed windows and specially designed doors to create an airtight building fabric.

With heat loss minimised, the homes require very little heating and will stay warmer for longer with future tenants benefitting from lower fuel bills.

The net zero homes will also ensure energy efficiency - helping to reduce tenants' fuel bills. Funding to match the Council’s financial commitment for the project has come from the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund as well as the Affordable Housing Supply Programme through the Scottish Government.

It is the latest house building project in the area aiming to meet unprecedented demand for social housing.

Convener of Housing and Communities, Councillor Gurpreet Singh Johal, said: “This development is extremely important in responding to the changing needs of our residents.

“Not only does it meet the demand for larger family homes in order to reduce the risk of overcrowding but these properties are energy sufficient and sustainable with some of them adopting innovative Passivhaus standards in a first for West Dunbartonshire.”

Councillor Hazel Sorrell, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities added: “I am pleased to see the progress which is being made and I look forward to revisiting the site once these vitally important homes are built and ready for families to move into.”

CCG (Scotland) Ltd is the contractor for this development. As part of the social benefits aspect included in all West Dunbartonshire Council contracts, the firm have committed to paying all staff the real living wage and endeavour to use local companies for sub-contracting opportunities where possible. In addition, they will recruit at least three employees from West Dunbartonshire in addition to 12 work placements and curriculum engagement with local schools.