Materials Resource online

Posted by: Laura on April 25 2018 | Tagged: New projects, Industry News

Sustainable building materials ranging from sheep’s wool insulation to Scottish timber, and recycled plastics to breathable paints all feature in a new online resource for construction professionals, architects, builders and home owners.

Created through a partnership led by Architecture and Design Scotland, and supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and BRE, the Materials Library online resource will allow users across the country to compare and explore a wide range of building materials as well as accessing information about construction innovation, sustainable design and architecture, resource efficiency and low carbon building.

Sustainable resources at your fingertips

The digital resource complements the physical library managed by Architecture and Design Scotland at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, where visitors can get hands on with a range of sustainable and innovative building materials, consider how they affect climate change, as well as pick up case studies and further information. The new resource will support users across the country to access the resources of the library at their fingertips throughout Scotland.

The new digital resource allows the user to:

  • Browse, search and compare materials by type, origin and typical use
  • View case studies of the materials used in Scottish projects – everything from homes to visitor centres
  • Find events and training opportunities
  • Download publications and guidance on construction innovation, sustainable design and low carbon building.


Relevant to Retrofit

A large number of the materials in the library are relevant to retrofit or refurbishment including sheep's wool and woof fibre insulations suitable for a vapour open construction. There are also external and internal insulation systems made from wood products. The library also holds an extensive selection of Scottish Stone. The resources section also contains case studies and articles relating to topical issues in Scottish Construction, including helpful links to Retrofit Scotland, and Under One Roof for people dealing with upgrades and repair to buildings. 

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