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N&P names eco winners

A Brighton couple who transformed a derelict builder’s yard into an eco-friendly home have won Norwich and Peterborough’s 2008 Eco Self-Build competition.

N&P praised Jackie Strube and Alan Stone for creating a home that combines clever design with environmentally friendly performance.

The couple’s single-storey, two-bedroom timber frame home is insulated with sheep’s wool and covered by a sedum roof. Other green features include solar-powered heating and a water recycling system. The couple had to overcome planning restrictions and major architectural challenges before their creation took shape.

Strube, a development manager for housing association Hyde Housing, says: “The house is better than we could have hoped.

“We’ve demonstrated that with a bit of imagination it’s possible to make something special out of a bit of wasteland and a commitment to green building.”

N&P runs its eco-new-build competition every year to raise awareness of responsible house building.

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