The Leechwell Garden House

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This paper describes the design of the Leechwell Garden House, a proposed low-carbon dwelling that addresses both the issues of the energy used in the running of the house and the embodied energy in the materials used in its construction. This design follows on from the Totnes House, an existing award-winning straw bale and timber house that performs as well as buildings built to the most stringent contemporary standards (Passivhaus, Code for Sustainable Homes) despite facing northeast [1]. The Leechwell Garden House will build on the lessons learned from the design and monitoring of Totnes House to produce a comfortable dwelling that will use less energy in use than any comparable house whilst having a greatly reduced carbon debt from its construction materials.

Authors: CARFRAE, Jim; DEWILDE, Pieter; 2017


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The European Straw Building Association is an independent European association, devoid of any profit making motive. The object of the Association is to promote and develop the use of straw, as a sustainable way of building in all the senses of the term “sustainable”: renewable, ecological, healthy, energy and climate efficient, social and economic.
The Association is a federation composed of organisations and people particularly concerned with the use of straw in buildings.