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Prince Charles Unveils the ‘Natural House’, an Eco-Prototype for UK Homes

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On June 29, 2011 @ 1:31 pm In Architecture,Green Building,News | 6 Comments

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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® [1] (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 [2]. 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 [3]. 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 [4] 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 [5]

+ BRE [6]

+ Natural Building Technologies [7]

+ Kingerlee Homes [8]

Images ©Prince’s Foundation

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URLs in this post:

[1] NBT ThermoPlan®: http://www.natural-building.co.uk/thermoplan_ziegel_clay_blocks.htm

[2] sheep’s wool insulation: http://inhabitat.com/sheep-wool-building-insulation/

[3] daylight: http://inhabitat.com/tag/daylighting

[4] Natural Home: http://www.princes-foundation.org/content/natural-house-build

[5] + The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment: http://www.princes-foundation.org/

[6] + BRE: http://www.bre.co.uk/newsdetails.jsp?id=749

[7] + Natural Building Technologies: http://www.natural-building.co.uk/

[8] + Kingerlee Homes: http://www.kingerleehomes.co.uk/

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