The world’s first biological house, built by Een til Een, has opened its doors to visitors in Middelfart, Denmark, setting a new standard for eco-friendly buildings.
The property is the first construction to open as part of the BIOTOPE, a unique new exhibition park and knowledge centre for sustainable construction and Denmark’s largest permanent construction exhibition.
A ‘biological house’ is typically built with upcycled agricultural industry residual products such as grass, straw and seaweed, which would normally be considered waste and burned for energy. Instead the materials are processed into valuable natural building materials, avoiding the environmental impact that burning them would cause.
The innovative property in Middelfart is made from upcycled materials including Kebony Character cladding which was selected by architects due to its environmental credentials, as well as the beautiful silver-grey patina it forms over time.
Design and construction has been a rigorous process, with innovative techniques being tested and developed along the way. Instead of a traditional concrete foundation, which is carbon intensive and doesn’t allow the same recyclability, the building sits upon screw piles, typically used for building deep foundations with minimal noise and vibration.
The project is fully supported by the Danish Ministry of the Environment Fund for Ecological Construction, with all materials used in the build thoroughly tested and approved and available commercially. It sets a precedent for sustainable construction, as the property can be easily adapted for each customer, using the latest digital production technology to ensure the build is both quick and accurate. Once constructed, the house can easily be removed at any point without leaving a trace and without causing any damage to the surrounding area; it can then be rebuilt in the same or different context elsewhere.
“It’s been a long project, and we have all certainly learnt a great deal over the course of planning and construction,” said Kim Christofte CEO of Een til Een. “It has been a pleasure to watch the team find so many clever solutions to the problems encountered along the way and we are delighted to finally open the doors to share this unique house with the public.”
From conception to completion, more than 40 major partners have been involved in the construction of the biological house including Novofibre, Horn Group, Thermocell, Derbigum, Rheinzink and Kebony.
Mona Gøtske, country manager of Kebony Denmark said: “Being part of this strategic partnership has been a real privilege, and we are thrilled to have provided a façade solution for the world’s first Biological House that demonstrates the strength and sustainable values of Kebony in the best possible way.”