Cowan Court, Penicuik, Midlothian
Slateford Green, Edinburgh

Hackland + Dore strive to pursue a sense of place that integrates both the environment and the home.

The combination of design, research, modern construction methods, and use of innovative sustainable energy solutions defines a distinctive successful place with minimal environmental impact. Hackland + Dore implement this ideology from inception to completion.  

Sustainable Development Policy

We strive to deliver resource efficient successful places with minimal environmental impact. Our Sustainable Development Policy includes but is not limited to: 

Reducing energy demand
Sustainable communities
Protecting the environment
Sustainable supply chain
Efficient modern methods of construction
Resource efficiency
Engaging customers, staff and partners

On all projects we start with a Fabric First solution with additional proposals to suit the building, the site, the Client's need and the budget to achieve the desired outcome.


Recognising the challenges faced by the construction industry in reducing the carbon impact of new build, and maximising energy efficiency, Hackland + Dore encourage and support staff development through research and training opportunities to improve our awareness and understanding of best practice.

One such area where we have expanded our expertise is Passive House design, through our accreditation as Certified Passive House Designers.

Passive House is an exacting standard which involves a fabric first approach using high levels of insulation, creating an air-tight building envelope with minimal thermal bridging, and careful design of building services in order to substantially reduce the operational energy costs of a building, reducing bills and helping our clients meet sustainability, affordability targets, within a healthy environment.

Hackland + Dore can assist with the delivery of Passive House projects, working collaboratively with clients, contractors and consultants in moving the construction industry towards a reduced carbon footprint. The Passive House standard gives a robust method to help the industry achieve the 80% carbon reductions set as a legislative target for the UK Government.  

In conjunction with our Passive House accreditation, we are continuously researching ways in which, through re-use of materials and resources and researching suppliers, we can embrace the principles of the circular economy, considering both embodied and operational carbon to further reduce the carbon impact of our business and our values as a Design Practice.

Our aim is to look holistically at carbon emissions in the built environment and determine the most effective way to reduce them, to enhance and promote a sustainable and healthy environment for the community.


As a registered Practice with RIAS Energy Design Certification Scheme we assist our clients to research and implement alternative energy efficient solutions.

Our in-house Section 6 Energy Certification service can gather the data necessary to perform SAP calculations, saving the need for a separate energy consultant to analyse proposals. This integrated/holistic approach streamlines the supply chain and allows us greater focus on the quality of design.

As a BS EN ISO 14001 : 2004 accredited organisation we strive to be environmentally aware in our business both in design, consultation and office management. We are committed to continually improve and review our Environmental objectives and targets in preventing pollution.  

Find out more about our expertise in Building Information Modelling Systems (BIM).


Our most recent sustainability-related award is for Cowan Court, Penicuick, Midlothian Council.