New portable liv­ing unit

Strathearn Herald - - HER@LD VIEW - Lynn Duke

Com­rie Croft, the St rath’s award­win­ning com­mu­ni­ty­owned eco farm has launched a crowd fund­ing cam­paign to fi­nance the cre­ation of a ‘ Kra­nog’, said to be a world first in sus­tain­able ac­com­mo­da­tion.

In­spired by Scot­land’s bronze age dwellings, the Kra­nog is de­signed to go any­where, es­pe­cially re­mote and frag­ile land­scapes.

It utilises 100 per cent re­new­able, o f f- grid tech­nolo­gies re­sult­ing in no mains con­nec­tion, no waste, no pol­lu­tion and no bills.

The Kra­nog’s green cre­den­tials in­clude rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing, a wood burn­ing stove for heat­ing and so­lar pan­els for a re­new­able source of elec­tric­ity.

Those be­hind the idea say this will cre­ate some­thing that has never been done be­fore - a lux­ury, de­sign- led, of­f­grid cabin, util­is­ing 100 per cent re­new­able en­ergy and rain­wa­ter that pro­duces zero harm­ful emis­sions to the en­vi­ron­ment.

An­drew Don­ald­son, founder of Com­rie Croft, said: “We hope this project will be the start of a rev­o­lu­tion in hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion that will re­sult in sig­nif­i­cant env i ron­men­tal and economic ben­e­fits for some of Scot­land, and the world’s, most beau­ti­ful places. Who knows, per­haps this marks the be­gin­ning of the end for the static car­a­van!”

Fol­low­ing three years of re­search and in­de­pen­dent test­ing, a two- bed­room pro­to­type is ready to build with Com­rie Croft of­fer­ing the ideal lo­ca­tion to test ev­ery as­pect of the eco struc­ture in the real world.

The project is be­ing fi­nanced by crowd­fund­ing and sup­port­ers are in­vited to visit the Indiegogo crowd-fund­ing page. Those sup­port­ing the project will be of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to stay in the ac­com­mo­da­tion on its com­ple­tion.

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