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Designed by BMJ Architects for The University of Aberdeen, Rocking Horse Nursery has become the first Passivhaus building in Scotland to be awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. 

BREEAM is the worlds foremost system for rating sustainable buildings and therefor every material is assessed on its environmental impact. Scotlarch® cladding fitted the bill perfectly and was written into the specification by BMJ Architects, who had appointed Burns Construction of Aberdeen as the main contractor. The sustainably sourced Scottish larch was supplied in our RW102 profile and coated on-site with HR-Prof fire retardant.


The building replaces the original nursery building which was established in 1989, around the time when the Passivhaus system was being masterminded in Sweden and Germany. Passivhaus design takes advantage of solar gain and the heat generated by users and equipment, therefor using very little energy for heating and cooling. If you would like to learn more about Passivhaus, then we recommend checking out this blog by leading Passivhaus architect, Elrond Burrel. Passivhaus in plain English...