FIDA Home Transformers Project

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The FIDA Home Transformers Challenge, a project developed by Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (FIDA) in collaboration with the Sustainability team at Barratt Developments, challenged 34 pupils from four secondary schools across Clackmannanshire and Stirling to survey an 1860s cottage that is currently in a state of disrepair, and develop a plan to transform and make it sustainable.

Hosted at the Dollar Academy campus, the FIDA project brought together students from Alva, Dollar and Lornshill Academies, and Wallace High School. Working in mixed-school teams, they engaged in a variety of tasks and activities to tackle key sustainability improvement areas including carbon reduction through green energy, smart technologies to reduce energy consumption, and the use of the outdoor space to encourage biodiversity.

The judges were impressed with the overall quality of work shared by the teams, but one student’s efforts in particular stood out. Evie, an S5 student from Lornshill Academy, confidently led her group’s presentation, which included original ideas such as a grey water harvesting system, backed up by thorough research. Her outstanding contribution to the project across the week has earned her a work experience opportunity with Barratt Developments, supported by a bursary to cover travel and accommodation.


Ian Munro, Rector of Dollar Academy and FIDA founder, said:

“The Home Transformers Challenge was a fantastic success due to the commitment and imagination of all involved; our thanks go to the industry experts, judges and students for their efforts and contributions throughout the course.”

You can watch a video about the Home Transformers Project below.


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