The house is one of the winning designs in the government’s Design for Manufacture competition which challenged the building industry to come up with a high quality, energy efficient house for a construction cost of £60,000.

SixtyK was one of nine winners whose designs will now be used on 10 English Partnership-owned sites around the UK.

All the winners featured in a five-day exhibition at the Building Centre, but SixtyK was the only one to actually construct its design, just outside the Centre.

The house is the work of a consortium including architects Sheppard Robson, developer Crest Nicholson and panel system supplier Kingspan TEK.

“The house is designed to be airtight, using mechanical ventilation, and achieves a U-value of 0.2,” said Jason Tisbury of Kingspan TEK.

It is also quick to build, he said, with the two-bed Building Centre design completed in a week.

Mr Tisbury said that if demand continued to grow for the Kingspan TEK panel-build products it may consider setting up a UK production facility.

  • The Design for Manufacture competition is being expanded to cover eco-community developments on six new sites.