paper igloo architecture and design


We are a small flexible team who believe that fantastic architecture should permeate every aspect of your daily life. We aim to create site-specific high quality design solutions at any scale – the spaces in which we all live and work should be sensory, exciting, inspiring, imaginative and fun.

We specialise in low energy residential design, including passivhaus design, but also regularly undertake other types of projects: from renovations of Listed and historic buildings, house extensions, and bar refurbishments, to works with care homes.

We have worked and studied in a variety of locations from the Scottish Highlands to Southern America. Our experience includes time spent working on site so we have a practical understanding of construction which we believe will give you a more thorough and thoughtful solution. 

Above all, we love design - we are highly motivated and passionate about what we do and we want to work with you to realise your dreams.


We can provide either a full or partial architectural service, depending on our client's needs.

Amongst other things, we can offer:

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Listed Building Applications
  • Conservation Area Consents
  • Planning Applications
  • Building Warrants (Building Control Applications in England and Wales)
  • Energy Certification services, SAP calculations, EPC's for Domestic buildings
  • Passivhaus (Passive House) Design Services
  • All other standard architectural services
  • Computer visualisations 

Please contact us if you have something else in mind....

energy certification - section 6 (domestic)

RIAS-regs Scheme: Certification of Design - Section 6 (Domestic)

Paper Igloo is an Approved Body and Mhairi Grant is a qualified Certifier of Design and Certification Co-ordinator under the RIAS-regs scheme. We offer the service of Certification of Design relating to Section 6 of the building regulations for all domestic Building Warrant Applications. This means that we can certify any aspect of the project that relates to energy and this section of the Technical Standards.

We can also produce full SAP calculations and Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for domestic buildings.

Applications for a building warrant, supported by a valid Certificate of Design for Section 6, will be eligible for a 10% discount on the warrant application fee payable by our clients, and should progress more quickly through the system.

Please contact us for a quote if you require any of these services.


All of our projects are either worked on or overseen by a registered chartered architect.

We are members of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland which means that we are bound by their Codes of Conduct and aim to provide a high level of professional service on all of our projects, no matter what their size.

Mhairi Grant is a Certified European Passivhaus Designer (CEPHD), and we are a member of the Passivhaus Trust, which is the UK based passive house organisation.