The TSB has today relesed an article about ModCell® - Click here to read the full article
Britain's fields of gold are yielding a brand new harvest for future generations.
Buildings created from straw panels are being heralded as the blueprint for a new age of construction, thanks to a project funded by the Technology Strategy Board.
This is in line with the Government's target for all new housing to be carbon zero by 2016.
Britain's first straw housing project:
ModCell®'s collaboration with the Technology Strategy Board has resulted in its eco-buildings emerging all over the UK, and the company's first all-housing project has just been completed in Leeds where 20 families are now looking forward to a carbon-negative life that will cost very little to run.
This follows developments that include the Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol, Hengitsbury Head Visitor Centre in Dorset, and school buildings in Bath, Bristol, Farnham, Caldicott and Waterfoot.
Carbon negative buildings:
‘Straw is a good insulator which means the energy demands on the building are reduced, plus it's sustainable and stores carbon as it grows, and our resulting buildings are not only carbon negative they are also designed to be pleasing and remarkable places to work and live in.'
‘Even the manufacture design and process is geared towards achieving a lower carbon footprint, including the installation of what we call ‘Flying Factories' close to the site – usually in a local farmer's barn – in order to reduce the impact of transportation, which is entirely necessary when each panel can weigh up to 1.5 tons'.
Almost half the UK's carbon emissions are caused by buildings. The Government's long-term goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, and this means creating buildings with minimal environmental impact now. One way to achieve this is through the design and construction of more sustainable housing.
‘We feel we are making a positive contribution to Britain's carbon footprint which will benefit the generations of the future. What better legacy is there for a company than that?'