PARC have a strong commitment to sustainability.
PARC is managed by the EDI Group Ltd, whose goal is to support the economic and social success of Edinburgh through high quality property development. Each element of project delivery is evaluated as part of the larger sustainable programme.
PARC Craigmillar has been named as one of 11 low-carbon communities of the future in Scotland and is the only project in Edinburgh to be selected to further the objectives of the SSCI. The SSCI encourages inspirational developments which will serve as exemplars of the highest quality.
The SSCI assessment findings state “the regeneration of Craigmillar is a special project with masterplans that tackle every aspect of the SSCI and in many instances go beyond expectations. The community are actively involved in shaping the area. The approach taken to shared spaces is particularly innovative. The regeneration and cultural aspects of the submission resulted in particularly positive impacts in relation to population & health and cultural heritage in the environmental scoping exercise. The submission outlines approaches relate strongly to each of the SSCI criteria.”
PARC also employ environmental consultancy Ecodyn www.ecodyn.com who worked with PARC and the local community to create a Design Guide which sets the standard of development to which PARC aspires.
PARC has embraced the Edinburgh Standards for Sustainable Building www.edinburgh.gov.uk and are actively exploring the use of on site renewable energy provision and increased efficiency in construction.
Examples of these initiatives are the delivery of a solar thermal energy system, improved insulation, design and orientation, and the delivery of porous paving in street design: a form of Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS), which provides surface water attenuation at source.
The City of Edinburgh Council`s agreement to adopt the porous paving, within the carriageway, makes Craigmillar the largest project in Scotland to utilise this innovative SUDS treatment in the public realm.
PARC has completed a feasibility study into the provision of a District Heating system within Craigmillar. This could deliver substantial carbon savings, a secure energy supply and the opportunity also to connect into the existing housing and thereby tackle fuel poverty.
Sustainability is also about the long term development of communities and we are committed to developing programmes on education, economic, social and community development to enhance the lives of current and future residents in Craigmillar. Such programmes include:
• The Business and Labour Charter matching job and business opportunities to our developments
• Community Legacy Opportunities in the development of private parks, maintenance of public spaces, sports facilities and a Local Energy Services Company
• Working with residents committees on the use of communal courtyards, including allotments.