The facade of the house in Bearsden (Photo: Stuart Wallace)

With his house amassing accolades for its eco-credentials, owner and architect Don McLean is phlegmatic about his new role as a poster-boy for green crusaders: “I’m just somebody who wanted to build a sustainable house using the best technology and best systems available.”

“Sustainability is a buzzword at the moment, but for me it’s not something that’s separate, it’s not an add-on. It’s part of the whole process. It’s just a sensible approach to building.”

McLean may have eschewed the evangelical approach, but the new Bearsden home that he shares with wife Lorna, a clinical nurse specialist, and their three children — Ruth, 17, Mark, 20, and Adam, 23 — is an ambitious and handsome take on environmentally savvy and energy-efficient building principles. McLean, managing director of Glasgow-based McLean Architects, also claims it “won’t need to be rebuilt in 30 years’ time, like many new houses. The solid construction will last for a long, long time”.


Caroline Ednie
London Times