Designing and building a house with minimal environmental impact

May 4th, 2012 by Richard Lord

Villa Asserbo was constructed in Asserbo about 60 kilometres north of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Frederik Agdrup and Nicholas Bjørndal of the Danish architectual firm wished to reduce the environmental impact of building construction by relying on local building materials.

They worked to design and build a house with minimal carbon emissions, and to use only natural materials that can be recycled.

They designed ‘Villa Asserbo’ on a computer and used a CNC (computerised milling) machine to cut about 800 sheets of sustainably sourced PEFC-certified plywood into the pieces needed to fit the building together.

The whole building could be assembled by two people as none of the individual pieces were too heavy for two people to lift and fit into place.

Waste from off-cuts was kept to a minimum, and reused where possible, and no C02-emitting concrete was used in the construction.

The building sits on raised foundations and can be moved if necessary.

For more information on this building technique please visit Design to Improve life and UPM that were one of the supporters of the project.


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