T/D have recently submitted a competition entry to the Self Build on a Shoestring competition organised by the National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA). The competition brief called for a design of an innovative modular ‘self build’ starter home that could be constructed for less than £40,000. The home had to have one bedroom, a living room, kitchen and bathroom, and be capable of being easily expanded as the family grows.

Self Build Board A2 FINAL

T/D’s entry proposed a ‘flat-pack’ system that could be fully self built using DIY modular components constructed from cheap, green and readily available materials. The key component was using insulated box beams arranged on a modular grid based on standard board sizes, thus allowing to limit cutting and waste.
This approach meant that the system could also achieve Passivhaus standards to save the occupants money over time in addition to reducing the carbon footprint.

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