Case Study: Modular eco homes are amazing spaces
21st August 2015
When designer Sam Booth developed his sustainable timber Echo Modules, utilising environmentally friendly materials was high on his agenda. Sam ensured that every product used was specified for maximum sustainability; from sheep’s wool or wood fibre insulation to VOC free, breathable Earthborn paints.
Sam’s prototype modular building first featured on George Clarke’s Channel 4 series, Amazing Spaces, and can require little or no planning permission making them ideal for use as holiday homes, annexes and garden offices.
As an exciting new concept in sustainable construction, the ceilings and sections of timber wall were left untreated, to weather naturally. In addition, Earthborn Wood Stain was used along with Claypaint and Ecopro Emulsion, which was chosen for high wear areas and to create feature panels. The Emulsion was selected for kitchen and bathroom areas due to enhanced wipeability.
Sam said, “The buildings are designed around the principle of 9sq m timber modules that can be linked together to make larger spaces.” They have been used by farmers’ George and Julie Nicolson as an alternative to a caravan for their holiday home business, Brockloch Bothy, in Dumfries and Galloway. The success of this led to more orders and Sam now has a factory employing local people manufacturing the Echo Modules.
Sam added: “We specify Earthborn paints because of their high levels of breathability and outstanding eco credentials. It was easy to use; we applied it directly to the wood and because it gives off no smells or harmful emissions the bothies were ready for occupation by holidaymakers as soon as we’d finished painting.”