Delve into further information from external sources which relates to our offer of sustainable and healthy homes.

Press and Studies

Executive Magazine

Among the many benefits of off-site construction include a controlled and contained construction environment to help keep workers safe. In this article that has been published in Executive Magazine, our founder, owner and recognised industry expert Neil Sutherland explains a new approach to creating homes in the Highlands and Islands.

Passive House+ Magazine

Our first certified domestic Passivhaus, Geanaisean, was featured in the autumn 2020 issue of Passive House+ magazine. It is a great resource for those interested in UK and Irish Passivhaus projects.

Carbon Measurement Study of Makar Home

In partnership with the University of East Anglia, Makar carried out a carbon study of a small development in Easter Ross. The MAKAR approach demonstrated that carefully combining natural materials specification, responsible local procurement with a resource efficient off-site manufacturing process can radically reduce the embodied energy in new homes and enhance the positive environmental impact of new homes. Taking into account sequestration it is shown that Makar projects can be carbon negative at completion.

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Useful Links

Alliance for Sustainable Building Products

The ASBP is an independent, alliance of organisations that share a common goal of increasing the quality, health and sustainability of the built environment through the identification, development and specification of better products and systems. Makar has won several awards from ASBP.


Confor aim to support sustainable forestry and wood-using businesses through political engagement, market promotion and supporting our members' competitiveness.

Green Building Store

Green Building Store has been supplying pioneering sustainable building products since 1995. They supply a range of specialist products and services for Passivhaus and low energy projects, including our MVHR systems.

Offsite Solutions Scotland

Makar is a member of Offsite Solutions Scotland (OSS), which is a unique co-operative of leading Scottish offsite companies, with an established heritage and expertise. OSS is committed to transforming peoples’ lives, homes and communities, using proven offsite timber technologies and digital collaboration. We engage with clients, offering a unique blend of collective and individual solutions, to address housing needs as well as working together to promote Offsite Manufacturing, transfer knowledge, share best practise, co-develop skills and undertake collaborative research and development.

Passivehaus Trust UK

The Passivhaus Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard and methodology. The Trust aims to promote Passivhaus as a highly effective way of providing high standards of occupant comfort and health as well as reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK.

Passive House Institute

Passivhaus is the leading international low energy, design standard. Over 65,000 buildings have been designed, built and tested to this standard worldwide. The Passive House Institute (PHI) is an independent research institute that has played an especially crucial role in the development of the Passive House concept - the only internationally recognised, performance-based energy standard in construction.

Pebble Trust

The Pebble Trust, a Scottish charity, was established in 2014. It has a vision of a more sustainable, equal and low-carbon society, where constraints on fossil fuels lead to a more localised economy with stronger, more resilient, communities, and where human activities take account of climate change and the wider environment.


The Scottish Ecological Design Association aims to promote the design of communities, environments, projects, systems, services, materials and products which enhance the quality of life and are not harmful to living species and planetary ecology.


The manufacturer of our wood fibre insulation that provides a continuous warm jacket around the entirety of our buildings.


The main manufacturer of or breathing cellulose insulation, that we install in all of our off-site panels.

Wood Knowledge Wales

WKW champion the development of wood-based industries for increased prosperity and well-being in Wales. Their aim is to harness the collective spirit of businesses and organisations to put trees, timber processing and wood products at the heart of the green growth agenda in Wales, and to increase the market for wood, find ways to use wood better and to increase the supply and value of the homegrown resource. Despite being based in different countries we share many of their aspirations.