Linford Group wins National Construction Award for Hemp House

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Leading building contractor, Linford Group, has won a major national award.

The company lifted the top Innovation award at the prestigious Constructing Excellence National Awards for its ground-breaking ‘Renewable House’, which is located at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Innovation Park in Watford.

Developed in conjunction with the National Non-Food Crops Centre, The Renewable House is already showing the way Britain’s housing stock may go in the future.

The house has timber frame around which Hemcrete® is cast.  Hemcrete® is  a sustainable building material derived from hemp which was developed by Lime Technologies, a partner in the build. Hemp is commonly used in France as a building material, but is less so over here.

The Renewable House was created to demonstrate that mainstream affordable homes can be constructed from renewable materials – meeting both housing demands and environmental targets. It showcases the zero carbon, thermal insulation, sound insulation and “breathable” properties of hemp and lime construction.

Neil Walters, Group Commercial Director who collected the award on behalf of Linford Group, said:  “Innovation doesn’t need to cost the earth. The Renewable House achieves Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes for the same price as a Level 3 house built in traditional bricks and blocks. We also believe that to gain widespread acceptance, in a culture sceptical of green buildings, that the house benefits from looking ‘normal’ and doesn’t need a host of ‘renewables’ normally associated with green buildings.”

Linford Group was automatically put forward to the Constructing Excellence National Awards after winning the West Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards earlier this year.

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