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Sustainable Communities Pre-Manufactured from wood – Offsite Micro Dwelling

Name of building
Off-Grid Micro Dwelling
Date Completed
Building type
Micro Dwelling
Cash Strip Wood, Falkland Estate, Scotland

The off-grid micro dwelling presented in this case study is to form part of a community of huts or bothies at Cash Strip Wood in Falkland Estate. The full project proposes the construction of 15 off-grid micro dwellings and the creation of an attractive, well designed and accessible development1. 

The building analysed hereafter is the pilot and was constructed by Quercus in 2018, in order to provide a prototype for people interested in constructing their own.

The project is related to the ‘Thousand Huts Campaign’2, which aims to revitalise the culture of hutting in Scotland in response to growing demand and a supportive policy pursued by the Scottish Government. According to the Scottish Planning Policy (SPP), the definition of a hut is as follows:

‘A simple building used intermittently as recreational accommodation (ie. not a principal residence); having an internal floor area of no more than 30 m2; constructed from low impact materials; generally not connected to mains water, electricity or sewerage; and built in such a way that it is removable with little or no trace at the end of its life. Huts may be built singly or in groups.’

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