On the Hill of Bandodle, Aberdeenshire, stands a beautiful selfbuild timber frame house designed by architect Genevieve Jones for her family. Incorporating high levels of insulation (in the form of 350mm of shoddy obtained from Elgin woolen mill) and mainly locally sourced materials, Larch, Douglas fir and Caithness slate, the house also has a south facing sun space which helps with passive solar heating and creates a pleasant addition to the living/dining area.
Heating is also supplied by a kakkelovn. This was made from a system of precast concrete rings which were then clad in ceramic tiles in the traditional manner. The artist for the tiles was Emma Pattullo of Platform 22
The house was designed so that at the end of its life it can all be taken apart for reuse. (see Life cycle Assessment) This is helped by the fact that the frame is all tusk tenon and considerable effort was made to place services in accessible ducts.
A 3 kWkilowatt - a measure of how fast energy is flowing. e.g. electricity might flow through an electric kettle element at the rate of 2 kW wind turbine is presently being installed nearby. The surrounding land they own is being managed sustainably.
More information on the house.