Denmark: Using tomato stems to build a house

Denmark is officially home to the world's first biological house, a conceptual structure built from upcycled agricultural materials, including bits of tomato stems, seaweed, grass and glass that would ordinarily be incinerated and used as an energy source. Brings a new meaning to the term, "farm house."

The sustainable structure is the first to be erected as a part of Biotope in the town of Middlefart, the largest Danish sustainable construction exhibition. The concept house became a reality thanks to the creative input of 40 partners who saw the project through from its idea stages through completion, maintaining a particular emphasis on "architecture, indoor air quality, materials, and unique design."

Sustainable architecture firm GXN collected the upcycled materials to be used in the construction process. The farm waste materials were then combined and clad together, created tightly pressed boards. Wood-treatment company Kebony then put the boards through an environmentally-friendly treatment process that caused them to take on properties of actual wood. Afterwards, the boards underwent testing from The Danish Technological Institute and passed with flying colors, proving to be more durable than typical building materials.

Read more at Apartment Therapy (Kenya Foy)

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