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The ideal sustainable home

Taking centre stage at the Ideal Home show, which opened last week, are three examples of sustainable housing for urban, suburban and country living.

Designed by Lynch Architects, winner of Young Architects of the Year 2005, the buildings incorporate features such as sustainable timber frames, curved roofs for the collection of rain water for reuse in the home, extensive insulation and open plan spaces which require less heating.

Architect Patrick Lynch said: For the first time in a generation, developers are working closely with architects to create mass housing that we want to live in. The use of timber frames makes use of recycled material as well as creating heavily insulated homes, reducing energy usage and fuel bills.

Sustainability in architecture is not just a matter of bolt-on technology, but about the creation of places people want to live its about place-making.

The exhibition theme, sustainable modern architecture and sustainable communities, will be discussed by prominent architects, critics and public figures during the course of the month-long show.

Other eco products featured at the show included the sleek looking Condo Composter designed by Royal College of Art student Chris Huntley as a space saving and efficient way of recycling home kitchen and garden waste.

While The Butt by Wayne Hemmingway offered a more humorous solution to collecting rainwater for later reuse in gardens.


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