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Eco-homes: 3 sustainable projects in the UK

Discover 3 of the best environmentally-friendly self build projects on home shores.

By Hugh Metcalf | 16 January 2020

When it comes to building environmentally-conscious homes, there’s a whole world of inspiration out there. However, some of the most dynamic projects can be found right here in the UK.

listening station and watch tower eco holiday home by beech architects in sussex - granddesigns

Image: Beech Architects 

From projects using sustainable materials to those meeting low-energy Passivhaus standards, there’s more than one way to create a home that lessens the impact that both the building process and the eventual home has on the environment.

We’ve highlighted 3 projects by architects in the UK that have approached sustainability in different ways to serve as inspiration for prospective self-builders.

Listening Station and Watch Room, Beech Architects

listning station and watch room eco holiday home by beech architects - granddesigns

Image: Beech Architects  

When designing these holiday homes on the Suffolk coast, Beech Architects were already considering the end of life potential of the materials.

If the coastline eroded, or the buildings were no longer needed, the structures could be moved to a different location, but they’ve also been designed to be ‘infinitely recyclable’.

When it comes to building environmentally-conscious homes, there’s a whole world of inspiration out there. However, some of the most dynamic projects can be found right here in the UK.

listening station and watch tower eco holiday home by beech architects in sussex - granddesigns

Image: Beech Architects 

From projects using sustainable materials to those meeting low-energy Passivhaus standards, there’s more than one way to create a home that lessens the impact that both the building process and the eventual home has on the environment.

We’ve highlighted 3 projects by architects in the UK that have approached sustainability in different ways to serve as inspiration for prospective self-builders.

Listening Station and Watch Room, Beech Architects

listning station and watch room eco holiday home by beech architects - granddesigns

Image: Beech Architects  

When designing these holiday homes on the Suffolk coast, Beech Architects were already considering the end of life potential of the materials.

If the coastline eroded, or the buildings were no longer needed, the structures could be moved to a different location, but they’ve also been designed to be ‘infinitely recyclable’.

Image: Beech Architects 

The homes can be dismantled for their components to be used in other buildings, while timber has been used as an eco alternative to plasterboard which, alongside the cedar cladding, can be turned into wood chips down the line.

Hill House, MELOY Architects 

hill house passivhaus build by meloy architects - granddesigns

Image: MELOY Architects 

This cedar clad house, built by architect Charles Meloy for his family, is notable not only for being a home that meets Passivhaus standards (in fact, the first in the South Downs), but for achieving this on a build budget of under £250,000.

hill house passivhaus build by meloy architects - grand designs

Image: MELOY Architects 

The house has little to no need for heating, as it has triple-glazed windows and well-insulated walls.

Tara Green, Makar 

Makar tara green eco home exterior - granddesigns

Image: Makar  

Not only is the wood used to clad this home sourced from local, sustainable forestries, meaning it has a low carbon footprint, it also acts as a carbon sink.

Makar tara green eco home exterior - granddesigns

Image: Makar 

The property also includes several forward thinking eco-friendly technologies, including a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system that provides fresh air and regulates temperatures, as well as solar panels and an air-source heat pump.

 

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