The House That Kevin Built

Brighton (GB)



‘The House that Kevin Built’ was an innovative project to design and construct live on television a highly sustainable domestic property over a period of 6 days using a combination of ‘offsite’ innovative and interesting building systems and materials.

The idea:

– To combine two brand new innovative green prefab systems
– MODCELL – Heavyweight, highly insulated, locally sourced, affordable replenishable/ waste materials -combining a minimal amount of expensive engineered timber plus cheaper straw/ lime/ hem; Creating cellular, self-cooling/ warming ground floor bedrooms & bathroom
– FACIT – Lightweight, highly insulated, replenishable/ waste materials, all cut out with a computer controlled router
– Creating double height open plan living room/ kitchen/ dining room ‘balloon’
– Both designed by UK Architects pushing the boundaries

The ambition:

– To prove that fluffy, crumbly, organic low carbon materials can compete with their more established high energy high carbon counterparts
– To focus on prefabrication because it reduces wastage on site to a minimum (up pf 20% of building material ends up in landfill using traditional ‘wet’ trades
– To use high tech construction methods to reduce time on site, material waste and accuracy on site
– To prove that an understanding of lightweight material to insulate and heavyweight materials to store energy will mean that you don’t have to rely too much on expensive high tech gear to create a low carbon house

In 2012 the rebuilding of ‘The House that Kevin Built’ has started in Brighton at the University of Brighton site. For Brighton, the finished building will be a beacon and an experimental model for the city’s communities around shared concerns for a sustainable carbon-neutral lifestyle. The house and the construction process will be part of the research project; testing, evaluating and refining cutting-edge and sustainable new materials and construction methods.

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