From a comfy home to a POLYTUNNEL

Whether you need to build an eco-home or an eco-village, we can help you achieve those goals and provide you with support and assistance as well as the numerous options available

In any permaculture design, a house should always reside in zone 0, the centre of the design in many cases, as it is the beating heart. Without the home, or you, the design structure cannot possibly work. 

However, the house only needs to serve its purpose, that is, being able to provide shelter, warmth, shade, a sleeping area, a cooking area and somewhere to socialise. 

In many permaculture designs and indeed in many self-sufficient or sustainable projects, the home is always modest, more effort goes into producing the sustenance needed to survive. 

When designing an environmentally sustainable building or any other structure, we look at using as many natural resources as possible. 

For example; a timber frame house can be built using locally sourced timber. The insulation of the house could also be sourced locally from a sheep farm. Using sheep wool to insulate a property is incredibly efficient, providing warmth in the winter and a cooling environment during the hotter summer months. 

When building homes and structures we use sustainable materials as well as environmentally friendly materials, knowing that the home, if abandoned would simply break down and decompose in say a couple of hundred years.

Whereas a home built with synthetic materials would still have an effect on the land for many centuries to come and would no doubt pollute the land. Even microplastics from the materials could still be found in soil for hundreds of years. 

Types of sustainable and ecologically friendly buildings

  • Cobb houses 
  • Straw bale houses
  • Timber frame houses
  • Log cabins (using real logs as opposed to synthetic)
  • Earthbag houses
  • Mud houses
  • Mud brick houses
  • Wattle and Daube
  • Hempcrete
  • Tiny homes
  • Earthships
  • Container homes

Whilst these materials are to everyone’s taste, they can be sourced locally, are environmentally friendly and have some amazing benefits.

Hempcrete

Hempcrete is generally quite a benign material, fewer pesticides and herbicides are used for farming creating less environmental damage due to the use of toxins in the fields. Hempcrete stores heat in the thermal mass of its wall which is then released slowly as the building cools down. it is strong, cheap and best of all it is relatively easy to build with. 

Strawbales

Straw bales are actually incredibly brilliant and versatile providing excellent insulation properties and can withstand fire. 

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