Using farm waste to build houses? No, don’t think manure, think straw, think seaweed, tomato stems and grass. But unlike the piggy who built his house with straw, and it all blew down, this one is combined and pressed into a strong composite to create cladding.
The new experimental material is being developed in Denmark by an multidisciplinary team of 40 partners, including the Danish Ministry of Environment.
The first home built with the composite is on display at the Biological House in a new exhibition park for sustainable construction in the Danish town of Middlefart.
It sits on a ground anchoring system known as screw piles rather than a concrete foundation and is designed to be modular for quick set-up and disassembly.