Accord Housing Association seek to build ‘plastic-free’ housing

Accord Housing Association is seeking to develop 12 ‘plastic-free’ houses as part of a EU funded research project.

The pilot study forms part of the CHARM (Circular Housing Asset Renovation & Management) Interreg project which has a broader aim of optimising the (re)use of materials and natural resources, and demonstrating innovative approaches for housing renovation and asset management.

The project is being led by TU Delft alongside a number of social housing organisations and academic partners including the University of Birmingham.

We are a registered social landlord, who let, maintain, design and construct our own homes. We are working on an EU funded Interreg research project looking at reducing construction waste going to landfill, as part of this we’ve been challenged to adapt our timber frame system produced by the in-house factory to be made ‘plastic free’. 

We are going to build 12 single occupant 35m2 ‘plastic free’ studios as our test scheme. We’ve looked at our wall system firstly, to identify products that could replace plastic vapour barriers within our wall system. Insulating wood fibre boards and OSB should offer sufficient performance to replace them. We are about to embark on the process of finding alternative plastic free products for the rest of the construction. We have already identified that waterproof membranes and electrical systems will be the hardest to use plastic free options.”

Christopher Lunn, Accord Housing Association

Further information

ASBP is pleased to be a supporter of the project. Find out more at www.nweurope.eu/projects/project-search/charm-circular-housing-asset-renovation-management/.

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