Houses of the future may be built out of polystyrene blocks and concrete if developments in the UK housing industry take off as hoped. Styrostone is a system of hollow...

Houses of the future may be built out of polystyrene blocks and concrete if developments in the UK housing industry take off as hoped. Styrostone is a system of hollow polystyrene blocks that interlock like Lego. Concrete is then poured to fill the hollow chamber and a cladding of choice – from stucco to brick veneer – used to cover the exterior.

The system allows fast construction and exceeds all government requirements on thermal and sound insulation. The Telegraph reports that it takes just 10 days to build the structure, excluding the roof, of a typical two-bedroom house at a cost of roughly £10,000. About 50 houses have been built in the UK using the method since Styrostone was introduced eight years ago but demand is now "taking off". 

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