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Houses by Ecos

ECOS, (formerly known as the Somerset Trust for Sustainable Development) is a charity which has been behind several green house building initiatives. Although not self build, their houses are excellent examples of what is possible and are open to viewing on certain occasions. At present there are two schemes which are complete or nearing completion and one in the pipeline.

Great Bow Yard

Langport, Somerset.

This is a development of four flats and eight houses on a third of a hectare site which incorporates a communal garden. There is also an area of office space and a restaurant on the site. These are in a converted wharehouse.

The houses were completed in 2007 and met the then current standard of BRE EcoHomes rating “Excellent”. Those shown above have sun spaces behind the timber shading structure.

the cafe and offices

Features of the houses include high levels of insulation, rain water harvesting (for flushing toilets), sunspaces, solar panels (thermal and PV) and use of local timber cladding. A sustainable drainage system is included.

the rear showing rain water collection tanks

the rear showing rain water collection tanks

Design by Stride Treglown Architects.


This is a small development of five houses built to CSH level 5. There are three terraced houses each with three bedrooms and two detached houses with four bedrooms.

Ecological aspects of the design include

  • timber frames with Diffutherm and Warmcell insulation
  • sedum roofing
  • exceptionally high levels of insulation
  • natural paints and plasters
  • solar and biomass energy sources

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1 comment to Houses by Ecos

  • Stewart Maxwell

    I am looking for a self build group or to set one up on available sites in London any advice appreciated. Thank you.

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