Forest Home


Globally aware, locally made Forest Home is a prefabricated insulated timber panel system for low-carbon homes and community buildings

The construction system is suitable for urban and rural sites. We collaborate with local workshops and ideally source cladding locally to further reduce embodied carbon. Forest Home is versatile enough for restricted or difficult to access sites. The panels, like an alphabet, can generate myriad different room layouts and configurations from a relatively small number of standard individual components. This means you can choose a standard plan or take an active part in the design process to develop a bespoke plan. Panels are transported flat pack to site and lifted into position on prepared foundations, then clad.

We are piloting manufacture and building projects in the Forest of Dean, after Forest resident and environmental activist Andrew Darke saw its potential. The project is also supported by Innovate UK.

Thermal modelling carried out with environmental consultant Doug King at Bath University has demonstrated the system’s potential to deliver net-zero carbon/ or carbon-positive energy performance.

For a typical 115 m2 three bedroom house:

Annual Energy Demand 6,900 kWh heat, light, ventilation, cooking, laundry, and lifestyle requirements.

Annual Energy Supply 8,270 kWh photovoltaic array, solar thermal panel, air-source heat pump and heat recovery.

Surplus 1,370 kWh sold back to the grid or used to run a small electric car.

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"Small and medium sized sites can make an important contribution to meeting the housing requirement of an area, and are often built-out relatively quickly"

NPPF 5 Delivering a sufficient supply of homes






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