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CHOOSING GREEN & HEALTHY BUILDING MATERIALS

Winner of the 2017 Build It Award for Best Eco Home, this project by Beattie Passive features a factoryproduced timber frame. The finished house exceeds Passivhaus requirements for airtightness and is so well-insulated it doesn’t require conventional heating to provide year-round comfort.
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If you want a truly sustainable, healthy home, then every aspect of your project needs to be considered in detail – from low-energy design strategies through to the products and finishes that go into both the structural fabric and the internal fit-out.

When it comes to specifying products, there are a number of core factors to keep at the front of your mind. How much carbon is consumed in their fabrication? Are they made from renewable resources? And how recyclable are they at the end of their useful life?

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