Well-heeled consumers will never find it hard to splash out on sustainable mod-cons, but is concept truly scaleable?
The eco home that Max O’Flaherty designed – which won his firm a coveted EU award at the Royal Institute of British Architects annual awards last month – nearly didn’t get built at all.
The House on Mount Anville, which put his practice, Aughey O’Flaherty, in the same bracket as star architects such as Zaha Hadid, was almost denied planning permission on the grounds that it would not have been sustainable to knock down its precursor: a 1970s bungalow.
“It was a leaky, drafty, poorly insulated house and there wasn’t much architectural merit,” says O’Flaherty. Thankfully, he and his team were able to demonstrate to the council that replacing it with a new glass, brick and timber structure would be far more energy efficient.
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