A hemp-insulated eco-home, developed by the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, was presented earlier this month at the Ideal Home Show in London.
Carbon savings are built into its design with the roof, walls and floor highly insulated with lime hemp and sheep’s wool. The walls are solid clay blocks that trap pockets of air to keep the home warm in winter and cool in summer. They can be seen in a video made whilst the house was being built.
It is made from natural materials that can be easily produced in Britain and designed to be as energy efficient as possible so that central heating won’t be needed, just a single wood burning stove.
The prince said in an article last week: ‘As our planet becomes overwhelmingly urban, and resources become scarcer . . . we need to rethink the way we plan our homes, shops, schools and their relationship to one another. Such eco-engineering can learn from Nature, from traditional communities and from the best of contemporary technology.’