Vote for the UK’s best Eco Home 22nd – 24th April 2014
The following are details for some of the ten best Eco Home candidates for the UK who you can vote for between the 22nd and 24th April 2014 as part of The Live Better Challenege of The Guardian:
1. Marsh House, The Meadows in Nottingham is built to Passivhaus principles. In 2011 the RIBA awarded this low- energy urban building and stated that it is “a commendable example of a domestic experiment in sustainable living that is very personal to the owners”
2. 100, Princedale Road in Holland Park of west London is a Passivhaus refurbishment that uses a great deal less energy per square metre than the average house.
3. Underhill House in Gloucestershire draws warmth from the earth as the north side of this home is buried underground whilst having south facing triple glazing creating a passive solar design.
4. Hemp Cottage in County Down, Northern Ireland was built from ‘hempcrete’ in 2008. This cottage’s walls require no plastic membrane as the ‘hempcrete’ is a breathable and airtight substance.
5. The Pavilion in London is a modernist detached home and the director of E2 Architecture and Interiors Sam Cooper says that “The Pavilion is a completely environmental house, responding to its local and global context and climate”
6. Plummerswood on the Scottish Borders is a Brettstapel ‘eco minimalist’ structure made from soft wood timber posts, hardwood timber dowels and solid timber panels and overlooks the Tweed Valley. In 2012, this property won the Scottish Homes award for Architectural Excellence.
7. Lammas project Eco village at Tir y Gafel in North Pembrokeshire, Wales is completely independent of all mains services and an example of low impact rural development. The director of Happiness Architecture beauty, Simon McWhirter says that Lammas “is decidedly deep green”
8. Zero Carbon House in Birmingham is an award winning eco-extension and highly sustainable retrofit home built with materials of low embodied energy characteristics.
9. Lilac co-housing project in Barmley, Leeds is built on the site of an old school and is a unique form of communal living that reduces the inhabitants’ economic and environmental footprint.