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PROJECT PROFILE - Quad-Lock Building Systems

PROJECT

PROFILE

Sedum House

Green Dream Home in England

Tom Ground, an architect based in Norfolk, England, has built his own green dream home set in a

steep sand hill. The house is highly insulated as not only are its walls formed with Quad-Lock insulating

concrete forms, but by being part of the hillside, this makes it an earth-sheltered home as well. It is

roofed with sedum grass, features a glass frontage and traditional local flints to blend into the native

habitat and landscape. Toilets that flush with rainwater, a geothermal heat pump, and a three pond

sewerage system with reed beds make the house even more environmentally friendly.

Mr. Ground, who did much of the building and decorating work himself, says, “As an architect, I did

not want to live in a house I hadn’t designed myself. I wanted to make full use of the land by building

it into the bank, and it gives the house great insulation.”

Eco-House Features:









Whole house ventilation system

Under-floor heating

Walk-able glass panels

Heat recovery system

Rainwater harvesting

No drainpipes

Green roof of sedum

Designed around sun

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Green Dream Home in England...cont’d

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North Norfolk District Councillors were full of praise of this design when they granted planning permission.

They thought it was innovative and different and hoped that it would encourage others to build ecohouses

like it.

A high density of steel was required to resist

the extreme sheer loading of the sand earth

sheltering. Quad-Lock’s inherent tie position

flexibility allowed working around this extreme

steel density a simple task. The home had many

radius walls and angles which were handled

efficiently with Quad-Lock, the easiest system for

forming these types of architectural features. The

home was built by Tom and his family, in their spare time. “It was easy, and the kids helped,” Tom says.

The home was designed to utilize the natural elements of the sun. The curved wooden peak roof, designed

like a baseball cap, shields the interior in the hottest months when the sun is highest. In the cooler months,

when the sun is lower, it heats the glass and warms up the home. There are four bedrooms embedded

into the dunes in an underground tunnel and the natural cover of the ground, in addition to the Quad-Lock

insulating concrete forms, keeps this eco-house extremely well insulated and energy efficient.

The Grounds have opened their home on numerous occasions, to showcase this unique and sustainable

house of the future. “When I started building this it was difficult to find sources for information on green

buildings, so I don’t mind giving up a weekend to show and talk to people who want to do it too. I am happy

to share it.”

Architectural Rendering Completed Eco-House

For more information on this project, contact Peter Townend at p.townend@quadlock.co.uk.

Web: www.quadlock.com Email: info@quadlock.com

Tel: 604.590.3111 or 888.711.5625 Fax: 604.590.8412

Version 1.0 Release Date 2010-03

Copyright Quad-Lock Building Systems, Ltd.

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