• We design high quality low energy public and commercial buildings
  • We are committed to social and community architecture
  • Rigorous design and construction standards developed by the Passivhaus Institute
  • 28 years experience in design and project administration


We offer a full design and project administration services committed to meeting our clients needs to create quality architecture


Sustainable Architecture

Inclusive Design

We’ve been delivering award-winning social housing and public buildings for 28 years, so we know our clients' world and how to succeed within its targets and cost constraints. New build or retrofit, affordability is the key. So we combine our experience and research to give you higher quality and lower build costs.


As certified Passivhaus Designers we utilise the ‘Fabric First’ approach to reduce building life-cycle costs and fuel poverty. This, combined with the use of integrated renewables, enables us to provide a clear route to achieving nearly zero carbon / energy buildings to meet the 2018 and 2020 Building Standards.


‘Design for all’ is how we approach every project. We have extensive experience in designing for older people and those who are physically and mentally challenged. This includes drug and alcohol rehab facilities, support housing for the young homeless and sheltered housing for older people..


Community Consultation + Masterplanning

Research and Dissemination

Project Leadership

Project leadership is the essential central role that we as architects, are uniquely qualified to fulfill. We have provided project leadership on almost every project undertaken by FBN and are experienced in traditional, design and build and partnering contracts.

Interior Design

We have over 10 years experience in the field of office design and workplace strategy studies. We have undertaken 20 of these studies and carried the designs through to completion for a wide variety of commercial and charitable organisations.


Our depth of experience enables us to produce innovative ideas and proposals. Over the past 5 years we have designed new low-cost, high performance timber frame systems and developed new services to advise clients and organisations on the opportunities and requirements to meet new Building Standards and  enhanced KPI’s.


As pioneers of tenant participation, we have developed effective, award winning methods of communicating with communities, housing association boards and staff members. This enables effective working with local community and stakeholder groups to generate realistic regeneration masterplan programmes

We maintain regular contact with academic and sustainability institutions with regard to achieving compliance with Building Standards and the EU’s nearly zero energy building directives. This enables us to improve our services and also to disseminate our research findings via seminar presentations to our clients and other organisations such as the Glasgow Housing Forum.

Expert Witness Services

Richard Hands has completed training with the London based Academy of Expert Witnesses and is available to accept commissions to prepare access assessments and reports for physically and mentally disabled clients.


High quality projects

Charleston Square Paisley - Low Energy Supported Housing

Larkfield Greenock - Low Energy General Needs Housing

Dryburgh Dundee : Retrofit Sheltered Housing

Elmbank/Rainbow House Glasgow - Listed Building Conversion/Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre

Kildermorie Glasgow - General Needs Housing

Innovation: Research + Dissemination


FBN Passivhaus

We have been designing social housing and public / commercial architecture for over 28 years and have achieved national recognition, the latest being the Saltire Award 2014 for a large housing scheme 2014 and a regional shortlisting for the 2016 Civic Trust Award.


We are known for our sustainable and inclusive architecture and have earned a reputation as a safe pair of hands by:


•    Working with over 50 housing associations and co-operatives

•    Designing or modernising over 8000 houses, to strict government budgets

•    Drastically reducing fuel poverty/CO2 emissions in over of 2000 existing homes

•    Applying our ‘Affordable low to zero carbon housing’ methodology to 180 new build homes

•    Certified Passive House Designer employing Passivhaus standards ensure high quality results

•    Developing award winning methods for communicating with communities

•    Exceeding the requirements of Housing for Varying Needs, Secure by Design and EcoHomes


We’re true enthusiasts for social housing yet are grounded & pragmatic, designing to high standards within tight cost and environmental constraints.


What our clients say about us:

Loretto Housing Association - "FBN delivered a fantastic service on the development (Charleston Square). They have an excellant knowledge of the systems that are required to achieve enhanced sustainability criteria. The Association is delighted with the finished design and feedback from tenants has been overwhelmingly positive."


River Clyde Homes - "FBN were pivotal in considering design solutions to meet benchmark costs on sites with many challenges including steep topography and utilizing existing streetscapes, where possible. FBN have provided an excellent service throughout the period of their appointment."


Easthall Park Housing Co-op - "Easthall Park has worked with FBN on refurbishment and new homes since 1996 and during this time we have built or refurbished 495 top quality homes. Our earlier phases are standing the test of time and are still popular with tenants today. Most recent work has included 146 new homes in the Kildermorie area of Glasgow and tenants have been delighted with the quality of their new homes"


Providing a first class service to meet our clients needs

Achieving Nearly Zero Carbon Buildings

Expert Witness Services

Since 2008 we have carried out an extensive research and dissemination programme to ensure our work meets and exceeds the requirements of ever more stringent Building Standards.


The results of this research are presented to our clients, via seminars, to assist them in understanding how their new build and retrofit housing programmes can meet low carbon standards and reduce 'Fuel Poverty'.


We are always happy to visit our clients to present our latest research as well as discuss new ideas and how they may practically be applied..

As specialists in the design of socially inclusive architecture we can provide access assessments and reports together with designs and cost estimates to adapt peoples homes to enable them to both function and feel at home.


This often entails consultation with the user, their family and health professionals such as occupational therapists as well as Social Services.


Our experience includes both physically challenged young and older persons as well as those with Autism.

Wheelchair bungalow Kildermorie Glasgow

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Rainbow House Glasgow

Wheelchair Family Home Charleston Square


                         BauZ 2018 + Passivhaus Projects + Passivhaus Research

We are looking forward to attending the upcoming BauZ Congress on sustainable building at the Messe in Vienna during January 2018


This year's theme concentrates on the application of low energy development from the financial, life-cycle, regional planning and integrated building management viewpoints.  Examples from Austria as well as across Europe and North America will feature as well as visits to exciting new completed projects within Vienna.


We are very pleased to announce FBN's appointment as Passivhaus Designers working with Hoskins Architects and Stewart & Shields, to develop the design of the new Hermitage Pavilion to achieve the 'Passivhaus Standard'. This Heritage Lottery funded project to provide a cafe and community facilities within Helensburgh's Hermitage Park, is likely to be the first public building within Scotland to meet this internationally recognised standard. Completion is due during the Summer of 2018.

UK / Österreich Projekt Basierend Wissenstransfer    (UK / Austria Project Based Knowledge Transfer)

Im Laufe der letzten vier Jahre hat FBN ein Netzwerk von Kontakten in Grossbritannien und Österreich entwickelt, die sich grüner Architektur widmen. Dazu gehören Stadtverwaltungen, Forschungseinrichtungen und kommerzielle Organisationen. Wir sind in der Lage, auf Live-Projekten basierende Wissenstransfer Programme durchzuführen. Für weitere Informationen kontaktieren Sie bitte Richard Hands auf: r.hands@fbnpassivhaus.co.uk


Contact us for more information on how we can help create an environment to more than meet your needs and fulfill your aspirations.



ADDRESS: Unit 2 Studio 18 

 1103 Argyle  Street Glasgow G3 8ND


PHONE: +44 (0)141 230 2086


MOBILE: +44 (0)7809 124047


EMAIL: r.hands@fbnpassivhaus.co.uk