Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh took the top prize in the refurb category
The Big Shed in Aberfeldy has won the Carbon Trust Scotland Low Carbon Building Awards 2013 for new-build property.
The Big Shed, at Tombreck, is a community-led eco-build development.
Built using local, natural and renewable materials - including reclaimed and recycled materials and components - The Big Shed is a 240 metre square multi-purpose community space comprising a community hall, studio and workshop.
The building, designed by Ecological Architecture, incorporates higher than required levels of insulation and is heated entirely from renewable energy sources.
It was funded via the Big Lottery Fund, Perth and Kinross Council, the Climate Challenge Fund, Community Energy Scotland and the sustainable architecture body, The Sust.Initiative.
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh took the top prize in the refurb category.
Now comprising up to 60 per cent more display space, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery refurb has achieved a united gallery across the whole building for the first time in its 100 year history following its £17.6 million revamp which was overseen by Glasgow architects Page\Park.
In addition to the two winners from each category, the judges also gave a special commendation to the Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library at the University of Edinburgh as a highly commended finalist in the new-build category.
The awards were led by Carbon Trust Scotland, in partnership with architecture magazine Urban Realm.
Paul Wedgwood, manager of Carbon Trust Scotland, said: “Our two winning buildings and highly commended finalist not only embody low carbon design principles, but also deliver reduced energy demand and emissions, sustainability and a high quality of occupant experience.
“Once again, the judging panel was greatly impressed across all the 2013 entries with the effort and energy-efficient processes that had been put in place. Every entry received showed great innovation and was able to demonstrate their commitment to creating a low carbon environment for the occupants.
“However, The Big Shed, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library all displayed fantastic results that should be held up as exemplary case studies of best practice to show how a building can become more energy efficient, benefitting both the environment and the organisations’ bottom line.”
John Glenday, editor of Urban Realm, added: “Sustainability as a word trips off the tongue with ready ease but in practice it can be a far more nebulous term to quantify. The Low Carbon Building Awards are the perfect prism through which to view these concepts by drawing together the best exemplars the country has to offer.
“In life as in architecture true beauty isn’t façade deep; it reaches down into the guts of schemes such as The Big Shed and Scottish Natural Portrait Gallery; both of which have embraced sustainable principles early on in the design process to enormous effect.
“A low-key community hall in Perthshire and a nationally significant institution in the heart of the capital couldn’t be further apart in terms of budget, function and setting but what they share is a unifying embrace of low carbon principles as the foundation of successful design.”