Health

Great buildings enhance people’s lives – and that’s certainly the case with a MAKAR home

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MAKAR homes use natural and local materials to ensure a healthy, well performing home. We eliminate the use of synthetic materials as far as possible, whilst ensuring a warm, dry and well-ventilated building.

Our reasons for eliminating synthetic materials are of utmost importance: Numerous health risks have been attributed to the absorption of toxins from the indoor environment, and on average we spend 90% of our time indoors. Much of this has been accredited to the fabric of our modern homes, which has seen the introduction of synthetic and oil-based materials along with increasingly airtight envelopes.

Many of these materials are known to release noxious gases which become trapped within the home, and absorbed or inhaled by occupants. Dampness in the home is another serious issue that can lead to the proliferation of mould and house dust mite leading to respiratory illnesses for the occupants.

As well as the use of healthy materials, we develop design solutions that utilise the landscape and available space, capture the best views and allow daylight to enter. This creates an enjoyable and relaxing place to live for the benefit of mental health.

The other advantage of using natural building materials is that at the end of our buildings lives these materials will not contribute toward pollution of the environment, and in fact can be reused and recycled.

Our Healthy Building System

MAKAR employs a timber-based off-site construction system whereby each house is manufactured in our Inverness workshops. Our system is defined as Natural Structural Insulated Panels (Nat-SIPs), recognising the fact that they are constructed of high-quality, natural materials. Your house is delivered to site as a series of Nat-SIP panels, with cladding, roofing, insulation, windows and doors already installed.

Quality is assured as the superstructure of the house has been manufactured in a controlled environment allowing a high degree of precision and quality control. The house is brought to a wind and watertight stage very quickly – which is ideal in our Scottish climate!

It is important to understand that whilst when we first started out in 2002 our building system was sometimes viewed as rather odd, it’s now widely recognised as the future because it’s the only feasible way to deliver zero-carbon housing. With nearly two decades of experience, we’ve not only refined our system to the very high level it is today but find ourselves at the leading edge of house building in Scotland – something we’re very proud of.