Zinc Takes ‘Grand Designs’ Honours

VM Zinc Plus was chosen to roof and clad Bere Architects ‘Focus House,’ winner of the 2007 Grand Designs’ Award for Best Eco Home’. Squeezed between Victorian terraces, the property’s narrow frontage is only 2.8 metres wide at the entrance, opening to 7 metres at the back. Its narrow presence on the street modestly conceals the bulk behind.

Built as a low cost, low energy and low maintenance home, the zinc system is fixed directly to cellular glass insulation. With its protective underside coating, VM Zinc Plus is designed to be installed without underside ventilation, while its malleability provides scope for complex shapes such as curves with low radii. The award follows that of ‘Small House of the Year 2007 at the ‘British Homes Awards’ and shortlisting for the RIBA National Awards.

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