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Forty Wall House

Forty Wall House was soft-launched during our talk at the opening session of the Sustainable House Day yesterday.

The Forty Wall House is a live, lived-in, open source experiment, an attempt to fast-track sustainable material testing, certification and adoption by rapid prototyping. 

Its massive timber frame is wrapped in a curtain wall consisting of 40 independent panels. Each of the panels is clad, insulated or filled with an innovative experimental material, subject to constant monitoring. Failed ideas are replaced with new ones on the go.

Far from isolated laboratory conditions, the house is located in one of Australia’s most variable climates, with snowstorms, gale force wind and heatwaves and permanently inhabited, subject to intensive traffic and scrutiny.

The Forty Wall House is currently under construction, with expected completion in early 2022. The construction progress, learnings and results will be published on this website and other channels.

The project is open source. Anyone is invited to contribute ideas, materials and technology to the experiment.

All findings and the resulting IP will be released into the public domain under the Creative Commons licence.

Join us for another soft-launch talk at the Sustainable Living Festival in Launceston on 9 October 2021.