12 Inspiring Examples of Grand Designs using Accoya sustainable wood

There is no better way to unite sustainability and architecture than through the use of Accoya® in your home. The following examples of sustainable homes achieve grandeur through both design and innovation across a variety of unforgiving climates. Have a look for yourself why Accoya was chosen for each and every single one, and inspire your own design.

12.13.2021

Meadows Passive House

Meadows Passive House

The Meadows Haus in Park City, Utah, was designed and built to meet rigorous requirements set by the Passive House Institute (PHI). This voluntary building standard for energy efficiency minimises the ecological footprint of the building by reducing energy usage to ultra-low levels for both heating and cooling, and by maintaining particularly stable internal temperatures, regardless of climate.  

There is no superior cladding option for such tight constraints than sustainability-conscious and climate-resilient Accoya. This Utahan example of sustainable home architecture makes use of Shou Sugi Ban charred cladding to satisfy the needs of a family that was looking for a stylish, but inherently energy-efficient home. Designed by Klima Architecture, an ecosystem-informed firm whose projects are centred around energy-conscious designs and methods, this mountain residence is afforded not only sustainability, but beauty and grandeur also, by its Accoya cladding. 

Portsea Beach House

Portsea Beach House

If you’re looking for sustainable home architecture, Australia is not a bad place to start looking. This beautiful family beach house in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, uses Accoya wood not only for its cladding, but for the decking, windows, and doors frames, too. The visual effect of this is a seamless example of indoor-outdoor living, that merges the house and the garden in an effortless show of simplicity, practicality, and elegance.  

Accoya naturally weathers to the silver-grey shade seen here, but the wood used on Portsea Beach House was coated with a bespoke stain to give the appearance of weathered Accoya from the off. Not only does this enhance the natural beauty of the materials, but their stability means that the coating will stay looking pristine for longer, extending the life of one of the most striking eco sustainable homes Australia has seen. 

Private Residence in Hamburg, Germany

Private Residence in Hamburg, Germany

Another building whose Passive House credentials mean it is likely one of the most sustainable homes for miles around is this private residence in Hamburg, Germany. The architects on the project specified Accoya for the 80 windows and 20 exterior doors to comply with the demanding requirements of the Passive House Institute. A distinct aesthetic to the projects seen above, these photos go to show how flawlessly Accoya can be integrated into a variety of design preferences, offering long-lasting splendour. 

With Accoya, swelling and shrinkage have found to be reduced by as much as 75%, meaning that there are no concerns over draughty gaps forming, or difficulties opening windows and doors, regardless of the time of year. Even more than this, the superior insulating power of this material reduces heat loss and, with it energy bills, meaning that residents can stay warm, comfortable, and content knowing that they are also saving money. 

Surfer’s Eco House

Surfer’s Eco House

You would be hard pressed to find many eco-friendly sustainable homes with a better view than this. Built for German professional surfer Flo Jung, he wanted an eco-home that would be resilient to the constant exposure to the sun and sea air of the South African coast. Built by Jung himself, he chose Accoya to fulfil these requirements, safe in the knowledge that he could return worry-free to his crack- and splinter-resistant decking from many a barefoot surfing outing. Accoya decking is guaranteed to last for 25 years, and timber siding above ground for 50, so this surfer’s paradise will continue contributing to the beauty and sustainability of this landscape for years to come. 

Casa Na Mata

Casa Na Mata

“Jungle House” overlooking São Paulo’s Guarujá Beach shows so beautifully how modern sustainable homes can be integrated with the natural environment by using Accoya. Our wood was used here not only for the decking and cladding, but also for some internal panelling and furniture, as well as for MUXARABI joineries. This unique joinery acts as a light filter, altering the projection of light into the building depending on the time of day, creating an ethereal beauty sympathetic to this house’s magical surroundings, mimicking the journey of sunlight through the jungle trees.  

It is unsurprising that Accoya was chosen here, as not only does its incredible durability place it perfectly to withstand the sea air and Brazil’s hot and humid climate, but its design flexibility means it is easily reconciled with both nature and a variety of architectural techniques.  

Passive House

Passive House

Grand designs are not only so because of their stature, but some through their integration of new technologies and conformation with cutting edge science. These two Passive Houses in Belgium are one such example of grandeur without the dimensions, proving that sustainable tiny homes are great in significance, if not in size. 

Accoya is used here for the windows and façade, offering enhanced insulation to fully satisfy the energy conservation requirements of the specification. Furthermore, recent carbon footprint research has shown that our windows are carbon negative over their full life cycle, contributing considerably to the fulfilment of Passive House standards and ensuring that these houses are significantly more environmentally friendly than those have uPVC, aluminium, or unsustainably sourced hardwood windows. 

Cabin by the Sea

Cabin by the Sea

When timber sustainable homes look like this, it’s not hard to see why they are becoming more and more popular. The entire exterior of this private residence in Sjursholmen in Søgne, Norway, is made using Accoya, including the façade, roof, outside deck, dock, and windows, and as Accoya wood is 100% non-toxic and contains no biocides or harmful chemicals, the owners can be sure that they are protecting the purity of the land and sea around them. The project’s architect underlined that Accoya’s stability and durability in the face of a tough Norwegian climate allowed him to indulge in “precise and sculptural expression” in the creation of the roof’s sharp edges. It is through Accoya that smart, sustainable homes are both striking and beautiful. 

New Zealand Residence

New Zealand Residence

Much like the Cabin by the Sea, this private residence is a striking example of how the outstanding durability and stability of Accoya can support exciting architecture. The large windows and doors here are raking in places and often meet at obtuse angles, build requirements made possible by the unique qualities of Accoya wood. Tested and trusted not to visibly swell, shrink, or distort, these eye-catching shapes will continue to be both remarkable and functional for lifetimes to come. 

Squirrel Hill Passive House

Squirrel Hill Passive House

The last of the Passives Houses on this list, this Accoya clad residence in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh is one to pin to the top of your self-sustaining home ideas board. When planning their ultra-energy efficient passive house, the physicist owners of this impressive abode were drawn not just to Accoya’s durability, but its long warranty and low carbon footprint. Indeed, Accoya comes from fast-growing sustainable forests, helping to reduce carbon emissions for a healthier planet, so these scientists can feel good not only about the stunning aesthetic of their home, but the sustainable foundations it is built upon. 

Luxurious Romanian Home

Luxurious Romanian Home

This ominous backdrop is a stark reminder of the drastic weather conditions Accoya can withstand. It performs so highly in these circumstances, in fact, that both the owner and architect of this property chose to use Accoya not only for the windows and terrace, as originally planned, but additionally for all applications throughout the home, including the façade, interior doors, indoor and outdoor furniture, terrace, garage door and railings. The result is a wonder in Accoya, a construction that persists through whatever Romania’s extreme climate can throw at it, meshing unparalleled structural integrity with sustainable natural beauty. 

Trulli of Alberobello

Trulli of Alberobello

Sustainable home ideas are all the sweeter when they are this beautiful. The Trulli of Alberobellopart of the UNESCO World Heritages sites, are dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia, Italy, made from limestone boulders collected from neighbouring fields. Their historic, distinctive shade is mimicked in the sympathetic use of Accoya in the pool decking of this private residence, made possible by the wide variety of finishes availableSee how the sun catches the boards, mirroring the subtle shades of the limestone, and emphasising the pure blue of the pool and sky. Grand designs don’t get much grander than sites of such historic importance, and with its sustainability credentials and long warranty there is no better choice than Accoya to compliment the longstanding heritage of this house’s surroundings. 

Lakeshore Drive Residence by Resawn Timber Co.

Lakeshore Drive Residence by Resawn Timber Co.

This lake house in Okoboji, Iowa was designed to preserve the existing mature trees in its grounds whilst illuminating expansive views of the lake from the road. The natural look of Accoya allowed for these views to be brought to life, as if they were painted on the side of the house itself, whilst blending effortlessly into the surrounding nature. The NIGIRI Shou Sugi Ban charred Accoya used here is designed and manufactured by reSAWN TIMBER co. and can be used for both interior and exterior wall cladding and, as each and every Accoya cladding panel is made from FSC® certified timber that’s fully sustainable, this house not only blends into the natural aesthetic of the area but also into the ethos of eco-living.  

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