RIBA Prize for Sustainability goes to Cobtun House


First of all, we are impressed that the Royal Institute of British Architects has a sustainability award. Secondly, forgive the vernacular or the damning with faint praise but the design doesn't suck, although it would not win a RIBA award if it was not "environmentally friendly, heated with solar panels and insulated with old newspapers. But perhaps its most unusual feature is the Cob wall which gives the house its name. People have been building with cob, which comprises mud, stray, clay and sand, since the 13th century. The technology may be primitive, but, says Cobtun House's owner, Nick Worsley, this cosy home is "a daily pleasure to live in".View a ::RIBA gallery here and the ::RIBA award announcement here all via the ::Sustainablog Scoop here