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Oxford Times In Business November 2013

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How can you produce a building that can be adapted to a wide range of uses and still be as green as possible? It was still a question designer and furniture maker Philip Clayden was asking himself a few years ago when he received some funding to work at Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University.

‘The project was to make a modular building that was quick to assemble and kept costs down. We developed a “fuselage” type structure and produced a prototype building which is now in London.’

He describes it as a ‘hybrid’ using elements of traditional construction combined with more green building materials. But the thinking accelerated when Mr Clayden, 46, met 51 year old Oxford-based entrepreneur Jonathan Finnerty who was looking for a his next project and somewhere to develop his passion for the environment.

He added ‘When we started talking we realised we wanted to go beyond building regulations and the code for sustainable homes. We wanted to future proof the design.’