London Met students construct sustainable prototype

But team still need £10,000 of funding to complete the project

Construction has begun on a sustainable housing prototype by HelioMet, a student-led team at London Metropolitan University, who won the RIBA Presedent’s Silver Medal for the project last year.

SunBloc is constructed from low-cost and lightweight materials such as EPS foam blocks, and features a living wall as well as photovoltaic panels and solar thermal technology. The aim is to address the issues facing sustainable urban development and generate enough energy to power the house and also the surrounding buildings.

The students have teamed up with the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts for the construction of SunBloc in Guangzhou, China.

With a lack of financial support for the project, the team has turned to crowd-funding platform ‘Kickstarter’ to help raise £10,000 for materials and tools to build the house.

Construction is due to finish in July. Pledges can be made here.


Building Design is a media sponsor for the project

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