House of the future unveiled by Bourne company

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A housing company has constructed a test house of the future next to its head office to demonstrate the new building technologies used.

Bourne-based housebuilder Larkfleet Homes, part of the Larkfleet Group, has put the East Midlands construction industry on the map with the opening of its new Startlink test house.

Following many months of collaborative research, Larkfleet has developed Startlink Lightweight Building Systems.

This is an energy-efficient, low cost housing that is quick to build using lightweight, energy-saving materials and labour-saving assembly techniques.

The housing is designed to mitigate flood risk and may even make it possible to develop housing in areas of potential flooding – a major issue in many areas throughout the country.

To celebrate this achievement, Larkfleet Homes held an official opening event where leader of South Kesteven District Council, Coun Linda Neal (Con) officially opened the Startlink test house with Larkfleet Group managing director Karl Hick.

The event included a short presentation from Larkfleet director Paul Adams and a guided tour of the Startlink house.

Mr Hick said: “The official opening of the Startlink test house builds on Larkfleet’s strong record in creating sustainable homes and communities.

“The construction of the test house has proven the technical feasibility of SLBS products and processes which could be used very effectively in the construction of future housing developments.”

The Startlink test house was constructed as a modular building in which all the parts were pre-designed to fit neatly together without cutting, resulting in no waste.

Lightweight buildings such as Larkfleet’s Startlink test house, which weighs just 18 tons compared to a conventional 40 ton house, need less energy to heat in winter.

The low-maintenance system offers the possibility of extremely energy-efficient housing.

The Startlink test house, which is fully-furnished also has a special roof and has flood-resistant flooring.