Green Housing Project Constructed Out Of Straw

Green Housing Project Constructed Out Of Straw

LILAC is a community of affordable straw housing and carbon neutral living.

Daniela Walker
  • 29 may 2013

Try as he might, the Big Bad Wolf will not be able to blow down the 20 straw houses that make up the Low Impact Living Affordable Community (LILAC) in the northern English city of Leeds. The houses, made using straw bale construction and timber, are the first low carbon, green affordable co-housing community in the UK.


Lilac Grove, as the residents have named the neighborhood consists of 20 houses and a communal space that contains a shared kitchen, laundry facilities and offices. The land surrounding the houses is car-free and there is storage for 50 bikes – plus you can invest in a home without breaking the bank. Rather than purchasing a house, residents put 35% of their income into a trust. That means people with income as low as £15,000 (approx. $ 22,750) can afford a home. Should they choose to leave before three years, they get their initial investment back, if they stay longer their return is higher based on average salaries in the area.


Using locally-sourced straw, the houses are cheaper to build and have an excellent source of insulation. Communal living spaces and a communal garden lower the total carbon footprint of the residents, with the community aiming to be completely carbon neutral. The commitment to low impact living bonds the co-op together. Paul Chatterton, one of the founding members of the project told the BBC:

The neighbourliness [sic] has been unbelievable. It’s not even on a level you can compare anything to. The kids are just flourishing. One person said “how could we ever not live like this?” It feels very different but at the same time it feels very natural.



Machine Printer Uses Coffee Drips To Create Intricate Portraits

Arts & Culture
Technology december 2, 2016

Why Nest Doesn't Get The Holidays

PSFK founder reacts to the damaging effects of poor email marketing

Children december 2, 2016

Robots Could Be Joining Dubai’s Police Force In 2017

The real-life RoboCops can salute, shake hands and collect traffic fines


Get PSFK's Related Report: Innovation Debrief: Boston

See All
Travel december 2, 2016

Parka Hides And Charges Portable Devices

Bolt is a jacket that lets people carry and charge their various electronics without the need for an outlet

Food december 2, 2016

Yelp's New 'Yelfie' Feature Lets Diners Take Selfies

The update is designed to encourage people to attach a selfie when they share their experiences

Design & Architecture december 2, 2016

Build Your Own Savory Cheese Advent Calendar

A British food blogger has created a guide to building a different kind of holiday surprise

Fitness & Sport december 2, 2016

Floating Gym Concept In Paris Is Powered By Your Workout

The proposed design from Carlo Ratti Associati lets passengers ride a stationary bike as they travel through Paris along the Seine River


Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business

PSFK Op-Ed december 1, 2016

Communications Officer: What This Holiday Season Means For Millennial Shoppers

Dallas Lawrence of the Rubicon Project shares why holiday cheer is all about likes, views and retweets

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Syndicated december 2, 2016

What Does The Future Of Android Look Like In A World With The Pixel?

Google’s decision to make its own phone might have looked like a blow to the likes of Samsung but the reality is much more interesting

Retail december 2, 2016

Customer Service Expert: Why Offline Retail Has Better Data Than Online Retail

Healey Cypher, Founder and CEO of Oak Labs, shares why we should be thinking about the physical store as an e-commerce site

Fashion december 2, 2016

Alexander McQueen Designs A 3D-Printed Umbrella

3D-printed fashion arrives in time for the winter season

Work december 2, 2016

Why Training Associates To Be Advocates Is Key To Retail Success

In our Future of Retail 2017 report, PSFK Labs discusses strategies to prioritize customer service, which begins with associate advocates

Media & Publishing december 2, 2016

Netflix Creates Binge Candle To Celebrate A New Season Of Gilmore Girls

The streaming service developed a special layered candle that creates candle with episode-specific smells


Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders

Arts & Culture december 2, 2016

Interactive Film Tells A Story About Living With Cancer

A moving song written by a father of a cancer patient comes alive in a 3D environment

Automotive december 2, 2016

Audi And LEGO Exhibit Autonomous Vehicle Installation

The installation at Design Miami explores the 25th hour, which represents bonus productive work or play time

No search results found.