Home grown cabin: summary report. May 2022 (Woods into Management Forestry Innovation Fund)

Fereday, George and Driver, Dougal (2022) Home grown cabin: summary report. May 2022 (Woods into Management Forestry Innovation Fund). Project Report. Grown in Britain Ltd., Bristol (UK).


This end of activity report on the Home Grown Cabin, was published by project collaborator Grown in Britain Ltd, for funders the Forestry Commission.

The Home Grown Cabin is a collaborative research programme funded by the Forestry Commission, London Metropolitan University and Grown in Britain. The cabin demonstrates the regenerative, circular and scalable potential of locally sourced coppiced hardwood in construction. The building is designed as an educational demonstrator, promoting the potential of durable locally grown hardwood in the built environment by revealing its layers of construction. Fast growth, unseasoned coppiced sweet chestnut timber was used to make low embodied energy and low embodied carbon structural insulated panels (SIPS). The SIPS are based on a Vierendeel truss made from two inverted half-rounds of coppiced timber cut from a single, straight-growth pole.
Use of locally sourced coppiced timber promotes regional biodiversity, woodland health, a sustainable local economy and carbon capture and storage. The A-frame design of the cabin facilitated minimal processing steps, reduced cost and increased speed of construction. The result is a novel and sustainable SIPS building system made from local hardwood that can be prefabricated, assembled/disassembled and re-used as part of a regenerative circular economy.

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