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Zero-carbon eco home is light years ahead

The world's first Active House stands at the crest of an estate. Its south-facing roof is covered in solar panels and solar cells, which between them harness more than enough power to keep the occupants warm and the appliances running. In around 30 years' time, if designers have got their sums right, the excess electricity flowing from the house into Denmark's grid will have cancelled out the energy costs of building it, leaving a non-existent footprint on the earth's resources.

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Is a simple straw bale kit home one way of driving down the costs of housing? Follow the story of one man's desire to make a prototype.

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Could YOU build a flatpack house? Home in a box costs just £6,500. But is it really as easy to build as an IKEA bookcase? We gave one brave dad a week to try

Tom Rawstorne celebrated the completion of his flat pack house by settling down to a microwave meal and a James Bond film inside

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Could YOU build a flatpack house? Home in a box costs just £6,500. But is it really as easy to build as an IKEA bookcase? We gave one brave dad a week to try

A British company has begun selling a flat-pack mini-house, which is said to be as easy to assemble as an Ikea bookcase - £6.5k. Bargain!

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Lifestyle - Low Cost Housing Designs

Detail Collective | Lifestyle | Low Cost Housing |  Image: APH80/Abaton

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