Aboyne eco-house to feature in web series

The Heartwood eco-timber house in Aboyne
The Heartwood eco-timber house in Aboyne

An eco-timber house in Deeside has been selected for a new web series showcasing the UK’s inspiring builders and their construction achievements.

Structural defects insurance specialists CRL has announced that Heartwood in Aboyne is one of three winners chosen to take part in its online Venturous Builds campaign.

Local couple Vic Kirwan, 68, and Teresa Green, 66, commissioned a German manufacturer of timber houses to develop the custom built, energy efficient eco timber house.

Heartwood was built only using untreated Arctic Heartwood Spruce from FSC-certified forests in Finland.

The three-bedroom home is insulated using recycled newspaper and glass.

It is heated using a heat pump and ground-breaking technology “Heating with Ice”, which uses ambient heat and solar thermic energy.

Vic said: “It was always our dream to build a timber home that was highly energy efficient.

“Construction is almost complete and we look forward to moving into our new home.”

The filming of the unique projects is now under way, with the first episode of Venturous Builds going live in the coming weeks. The Venturous Builds web series will be hosted by English designer and regeneration expert Wayne Hemingway.

CRL chief executive officer Steve Mansour said: “We’ve been blown away by the quality of all of the entries we’ve received for our Venturous Builds campaign.

““However, we were looking for the one-offs, the inspiring, the ingenious construction projects to feature in our web series.

“Vic and Teresa clearly demonstrate that they have the courage, determination and an unwavering belief in their ability to create something truly unique.”

Wayne Hemingway added: “Vic and Teresa clearly knew what they wanted when it came to their home and they clearly are revelling in the results.”