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Low carbon homes are built from farm waste
A Danish firm has developed a modular home out of materials upcycled from agricultural waste to create an eco-friendly building with a minimal carbon footprint.
Located in Middelfart, Denmark, and called the “Biological House,” the project was built from recovered grass, straw, seagrass, and other natural “leftovers” that otherwise would have been burned and which were instead processed into raw construction materials.
Tomato stems and wood chips, for example, were turned into composite boards, which were then used to build the house. The company Een Til Een collaborated with another local architectural practice GXN. It used digital production technology to design an adaptable structure that can be quickly assembled and just as easily disassembled—which is why it was built on screw piles instead of a traditional concrete foundation.
Developed in collaboration with a number of other companies including Deloitte and Teknologisk Institut, Biological House was made possible with support from the Danish Ministry of the Environment Fund for Ecological Construction.
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Europe’s first at scale ‘living laboratory’ for smart energy
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Supply chain training needed for sustainable construction
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2018 sets off race to renovate Europe’s building stock
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