Ellerslie Road is Scotland’s tallest timber building and is one of Arc-Tech’s foremost examples of Solar PV installation.
Reaching seven storeys, the residential development consists of 42 one, two and three bedroom apartments located along the banks of the River Clyde in Yoker, Glasgow managed by Sanctuary Housing, a member of the Sanctuary Group.
It receives the title as Scotland’s tallest timber thanks to its hugely innovative superstructure which has been constructed in its entirety with Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), the first of its kind in the mainstream residential building in the housing sector in the country.
The use of CLT can be attributed to the Main Contractor, CCG, whom alongside Edinburgh Napier University, wanted to assess the applied use of the material in construction with the focus of understanding its efficiencies in construction and environmental performance with a view to future use in the delivery of flatted housing developments.
CLT is a highly sustainable material and it was this trend that encouraged the addition of solar PV panels; where the contractor and client (Sanctuary Housing) sought to have an examplar for thermal performance and one that would incur energy savings for residents.
The building restricted the types of systems that could be used as the architect instructed that roof penetration was not permitted due to the use of CLT in the roof. As such, Arc-Tech opted to use Renusol’s FS10-S ballast mounting system.
Wind and snow load calculations were then completed taking account of the mounting system, the panel specification and the height of the building. The results of the assessment meant that a detailed plan of weights was used to hold the system on to the roof without penetrating or compromising the roofs’ membrane whilst reducing the risk of being blown off of the roof, or damaged additional weight (snow).