WikiHouse Edinburgh

On Sunday 17th April 2016 David Garlovsky was invited to give a talk at the Spring Fling of the Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative (FCI) in Edinburgh. Workshops on the day included: welding, mosaic making and much more. One mosaic was created spontaneously on the day to cover a damaged window of the community-use WikiHouse that was on site.

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Recovery insulation donated the insulation [installed in the roof] for the WikiHouse.

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David told the story of how denim blue jeans are made into Inno-Ttherm®/Metisse® insulation. He also spoke of the challenges he and his colleagues have faced in getting professionals and home owners to specify Inno-Therm® / Metisse® insulation; too factor in what is normally considered a non-monitory value of a low carbon insulation material to a monitory value.

Teams of local volunteers and supporters of the project constructed the community WikiHouse in October 2015. Over a weekend, it was assembled using the WikiHouse system. WikiHouse is an international initiative enabling people to build their own housing with only basic tools and skills required. It uses sections of pre-cut wood, which slot together perfectly to create floors, walls and ceilings and is more akin to a jigsaw puzzle than a traditional building project.

The FCI WikiHouse will be used a community space for workshops, classes and meetings. FCI came together to create a vision to breathe new life into Fountainbridge, a canalside area with a rich industrial history near the centre of Edinburgh, and to play a part in the development of the former brewery site. The group is made up of local residents and organizations.