Gallery: Prince Charles Unveils the ‘Natural House’, an Eco-Prototype f...

The roof is covered in durable clay tiles and the floors and windows made from FSC certified timber.
The roof is covered in durable clay tiles and the floors and windows made from FSC certified timber.

The Natural House is a two-story villa with a traditional terraced-house form designed and built to show the most effective route to a low energy, low carbon building is through an effective building envelope. The home was constructed using NBT ThermoPlan® (an extruded clay block building system that is highly insulative because of the air pockets), NBT Pavatex wood fiber and Thermafleece sheep’s wool insulation. Passive stack insulation helps move fresh, cool air into the home in the warmer months, and high ceilings and triple-paned windows infuse the home in daylight. The roof is covered in durable clay tiles, and the floors and windows are made from FSC certified timber.

So far the home has been built twice – once for the Ideal Home Show in May, where the Prince debuted his prototype and now at the BRE Innovation Park, where the Natural Home will undergo a program of testing and assessment. The prototype can be modified for a range of home types and family needs, including reconfiguration as a family homes, maisonettes or smaller flats. Natural, non-toxic materials and non-mechanical ventilation is utilized throughout to provide a healthy indoor environment. Durability and longevity were also high priorities, and the home is expected to last over 200 years.

+ The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment


+ Natural Building Technologies

+ Kingerlee Homes

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  1. Richard Harris December 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    What do you mean he isn’t likely to become King? (Good article though).

  2. Jake Moriarty May 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Those going on about the visual effects seem to have lost the plot, this is about sensible Eco building materials and saving money plus fuel with best possible insulation/air control.
    The subject of Eco living is too important to be reactionary for or against Prince Charles, at least he’s trying, what are you all doing?
    Agreed, I would like to see further plans for going off grid,and sustainable living.

  3. galaxius July 1, 2011 at 4:33 am

    This is natural? It looks like any ordinary english house. Turkish homes had these features years ago.. How about actually building houses that are earthquake, flood, tsunami proof and self sufficient at the same time. How about a house that is off the grid so we don’t have to cope utility bills that goes up every month? How about a fresh new look modern space age design? Oh no we are not ready yet..Just keep the old english design. Why? Because your Prince thinks so! Cheers.

  4. lazyreader June 30, 2011 at 8:30 am

    It’s not a terrible house, just lacks the ornament and detailing of previous houses.

  5. nikalm June 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I highly doubt the Prince himself designed it since he’s not a fan of modern housing styles, but that’s besides the point. Although the interior decoration is questionable, it is only minor. The house itself is well suited to the compact housing model of the UK and pulls off a modern elegance through it’s simplicity and choice of detailing. I’m for it.

  6. Gar June 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    All that science and technology to produce and build an ugly, tacky house that looks like a down market bordello. That Prince Charlie, he really knows how to pick his architecture doesn’t he. What a doofus.

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