The LILAC housing initiative in Leeds, England brings affordable and environmentally friendly homes to those in need.
The LILAC housing community proves those in need with well-built and inexpensive homes. Twenty homes were constructed entirely out of straw bale and wood, making these houses extremely carbon efficient, strong and well-heated. The straw is a surprisingly great building material that’s cost-effective but doesn’t skimp on quality, insulation or strength. Home buyers don’t directly pay for the homes either, but instead put 35% of their income into a trust as a form of investment payment that they can get back if they move out before three years.
These homes made from straw are also extremely stylish, well-kept and modern looking. The LILAC housing community also fosters community gardens, a community kitchen and laundry area and 50 bike storage spaces.
Straw-Built Community Homes
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