The House That Kevin Built

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In 2008 Duncan Baker-Brown (Senior Lecturer at The Faculty of Arts and Director of BBM Sustainable Design) was commissioned by TalkBack Thames to design ‘The House that Kevin Built’ (THTKB). When constructed it was Europe’s first pre-fabricated building made almost entirely out of organic, compostable and replenishable material. It was also UK’s first ‘A+’ rated dwelling from the point of view of energy performance. THTKB was constructed over a period of 6 days using a combination of ‘offsite’ innovative and interesting building systems and materials. The project, carried out in collaboration with Talkback Thames TV and Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, was executed outside the Excel centre in London’s docklands in conjunction with The Grand Designs Live show from 4 May 2008. it attracted over 5 million viewers.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2008
Eventother - London ExCel
Duration: 4 May 2008 → …


  • carbon neutral house
  • eco house
  • sustainable design
  • prefabricated organic construction


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