There is a rapidly growing interest in self build in the UK, but what is self build?
Well it tends to be a term used to mean almost any personal input into the building process related to the owner’s house (or in the case [...]
The Lammas project at Tir y Gafel, Glandwr, Pembrokeshire, is Wales’ first collective initiative based on what is now the (TAN)6 national planning guidance for sustainable rural communities. (One Planet Development).
Planning permissionthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such as building a house. (not to be [...]
The Lancaster Cohousing group is situated near Halton on the River Lune near Lancaster. They are in the process of building over 40 certified Passivhauses including flats and houses, and a communal building. The construction is mainly concrete blockwork with OSBOriented Strand Board based internal linings. There are some existing industrial buildings on the [...]
self build houses in the Field of Dreams at the Finhorn Foundation
There is a resurgence of community self build projects at the moment, most of which have a strong green flavour. These range from established communities such as the Findhorn FoundationThe Findhorn FoundationThe Findhorn Foundation is a large community near Inverness. There is a strong emphasis on sustainable building and living. is a large community near Inverness. There is a strong [...]
One of the most recent cohousing schemes to get off the ground is LILAC in Leeds. They are committed to ecologically sound building and have an interesting ownership structure,
See the comment below from Martin about a possible new scheme in the Wye Valley
The Lancaster Cohousing, [...]
Hedgehog Self Build Co-op, Hogs Edge, Brighton
One of Brighton’s examples of community self build which started in the late 1990s, this development of ten timber frame houses is based on the Walter SegalThe architect who devised a simple timber frame self build system (often simply known as ‘Segal self build’. see more [...]
Over the last decade or so the green building movement in the UK has gone from being fringe to mainstream.
Architects, builders and suppliers are [...]
Earth Heart is a community of 22 people in 8 homes based on a large converted farm in Derbyshire set up in 1998 around home education. Although not initially concerned with eco-build, they have embraced the concept thoroughly during their upgrading of an old farm house and several outbuildings into dwellings.
The Hockerton Housing Project is the UK’s first (and almost only) earth sheltered housing development. It is a remarkable place, not only because of the five houses which are built into the side of a hill and are almost zero [...]
The Findhorn FoundationThe Findhorn FoundationThe Findhorn Foundation is a large community near Inverness. There is a strong emphasis on sustainable building and living. is a large community near Inverness. There is a strong emphasis on sustainable building and living. near Fores in the North East of Scotland has a couple of interesting areas of eco-housing and a whole approach to living lightly on the earth including 750kW of electrical energy from [...]
The funding of community self build can be quite difficult because the UK has few well proven models to follow, unlike for instance the Scandinavian countries which have been doing it for decades. (eg. the cohousing movement in Denmark)
The conventional method here is for a [...]
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This is one of the most interesting recent examples of group self-build in [...]
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