Best ICF Home award finalist

Durisol is a best ICF home award finalist, shortlisted in the Build It Awards 2021 for the “Best ICF Home” category. The annual Build It Awards celebrate all aspects of self-build and renovation, including completed projects, services and suppliers. For 10 years, the Build It Awards have been the most coveted accolade in the self-build industry.

The shortlisted Durisol house is the Coach House – a derelict 19th-century coach house that was transformed into a stunning multigenerational home. The project featured on George Clark’s Amazing Renovations and was shown on Channel 4 earlier this year.

The project was a part renovation, part new build using Durisol ICF to rebuild the demolished barn and an adjoining two-bedroom annexe. The family chose Durisol ICF for the new build elements as they wanted the flexibility to stagger the project, sympathetically integrate the new build aspects with the historic coach house, and benefit from Durisol’s significant thermal mass properties.

Only four ICF homes have made it through to the finals, with the Durisol house the only woodcrete ICF home on the category shortlist.

As well as the Coach House, two other Durisol builds are on the shortlist for three other awards. Headland House, a contemporary 4-bedroom detached self-build home, is a finalist in the “Best Architect or Designer for a Self Build Project” category. And a Durisol-built earth-sheltered house, designed by Greenspace Architects, is a finalist for “Best Self Build for Under £250k” and “Best Eco Home”. You can see the full award shortlist here.

In 2019, a Durisol-built self-build house, the Blue House, won the Best ICF Home award, so we’re hoping for another win this year. But we’ll have to wait until the awards ceremony on 26 November to find out who this year’s winners are.

Image credit: Dug Wilders