Black Cedar Shingles Feature On Carbon Negative Modern Barn Conversion

Client Location
M B Cable Limited South Downs National Park, Sussex
Product
Waldun Premium No.1 Grade Western Red Cedar Shingles
Client Location Product
M B Cable Limited South Downs National Park, Sussex Waldun Premium No.1 Grade Western Red Cedar Shingles

We're all familiar with the term 'Carbon Neutral', but it's not very often that we come across a project that is 'Carbon Negative', but that's exactly what the annexe building at Abbots Barn in Sussex achieved with their recent renovation project.

Set in the heart of the South Downs National Park, this stunning barn extension was shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious 2020 LABC Building Excellence Awards.

Building Contractors M B Cable Limited teamed up with award-winning architecture practice BBM Sustainable Design to design and create the annexe which has been skillfully clad in Western Red Cedar Shingles finished in Sansin SDF Solid Hide Black.

The annexe was designed to blend seamlessly with the existing dwelling but, instead of replicating the traditional cladding of the main building, the architect opted for a contemporary cedar shingle design. This added a point of differentiation between the two buildings, with the black finish fusing the two elements together and creating a stunning forever family home.

Silva's Premium Certigrade No.1 Grade Western Red Cedar Shingles were used on the Abbots Barn project. Renewable and sustainable, these cedar shingles are made from the very best defect-free, old-growth, vertical grain cedar. Western Red Cedar shingles provide a high degree of insulation, keeping buildings warm in winter and cool in summer. Their low carbon footprint and the fact that they are the only renewable roofing material makes cedar shingles and shakes a true eco-material.

Images courtesy of Leigh Simpson Photography

Building Contractors M B Cable Limited

Architects BBM Sustainable Design