British architects create low-carbon house with homegrown materials

London-based architects have crafted a three-bedroom family residence making use of prefabricated panels made from materials grown on the property itself.

The architects worked in conjunction with the owners of Margent Farm, a property covering 20 acres in Cambridgeshire, to devise the new building named “Flat House”.

The farm specialises in developing bioplastics from flax and hemp, which were used in the flat-pack design the house is constructed with. The result has been the creation of an incredibly low-carbon house that may offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to more traditional techniques used in building. Architects in Chester, London and other cities who believe in sustainable design always keep informed of the latest green-minded building approaches being employed.

Flat House consists of two storeys and was developed as prototype for hemp-based construction as part of an initiative to introduce the new technique to the building sector for use in larger scope projects. The prefabricated panels using organic material were designed by the architects with the assistance of a host of material specialists and engineers who collaborated on the project.

The family house was constructed using cassette panels with lime and hemp insulation on a timber framework. The building also boasts unique cladding in the form of corrugated sheeting made from sugar resin and hemp fibre grown on the farm. The sheeting and panels were manufactured off site speeding up the construction of the main part of Flat House, which was assembled in a mere two days.

Posted by Mark
February 25, 2020

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