Eco-Friendly dream home eaten by ‘Biblical’ plague of moths

Eco-friendly house eaten by Moths

When Valerie Cappell and her family decided to build their dream home, they determined “to do the right thing” by making it as ecologically-friendly as possible.

But the “Grand Designs-esq” adventure turned into a nightmare when she discovered the highly sustainable wool she had chosen to insulate the four-bed property was hosting a moth infestation of “biblical proportions”.

Despite being reassured that treating the organic substance with pyrethrin would be sufficient to ward off insect invaders, she had to rip apart swathes of the wave-shaped house.

  • Alain

    Those eco-friendly moths certainly found it very ecological friendly. I am surprised eco-friendly mice, rats and roaches had not yet discovered it.

    • It was recyclable!

      • Editor

        Into moth shit apparently.

      • Alain

        Yes, that is the only thing that counts.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Bwahaha …!!! Eco-twits

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Only rich people can make such mistakes.

    • Alain

      Amen to that.

      • Imagine if this home had been built for a low-income family.

        • Drunk by Noon ✓

          It either would have been bulldozed already, or it would have been built with less eco friendly materials.

    • Maurice Miner

      Yes, the rich in the former East Germany could afford a Trabant (the poor walked). The plastic body was made from “Duroplast”, which has various types of recycled waste.

      There were several variants which used Russian cotton waste, which apparently pigs found quite tasty:

      Just ask Mutta Merkel – those East German Pigs were something else! She does have first-hand experience, after all.

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        The Trabant was an “interesting” car.
        Why that kind of choice in body panels?

        • Clausewitz

          I remember way back when I was young and poor and I was thinking about buying a Skoda, that was until I realised that they all came with a mandatory fire extinguisher.

          • Maurice Miner

            I feel for you. I once had a Lada Niva.

        • Maurice Miner

          It was, as you rightly point out, “interesting”.

          They used all sorts of waste products in the plastic body, some edible, most not. IIRC, some even had sawdust shavings in a resin to form the body. The Trabant was such a slow and underperforming piece of shit, it took a page out of the Colin Chapman/Lotus handbook, and went for low unsprung weight to improve its sad performance.

          What is even more interesting is if you research the German approach to CO2 emissions, and they are all predicated upon a “post 1990” baseline. The reason is simply the reunification, and the New Germany started in 1990 with all of these filthy Trabbis, woeful polluting factories from the old East, and a huge economic advantage if they could peg all other Western nations to a 1990 base point.

          Most civilised Western countries in 1990 had taken decades of multi-billion dollar steps to reduce pollution levels – when the New Germany acquired the former East Germany by accident in 1990, it also acquired a huge advantage in the pollution amelioration baseline.

          • DavidinNorthBurnaby

            socialism produces nothing good.

    • Raymond Cameron

      Or highly educated people: she is a biologist.

  • “Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal.

    But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor
    moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal.”

    Matthew 6: 19-21

  • DaninVan

    I can’t even feel remotely sympathetic. Just ignore all the current building methodology. What do contractors, architects, and bldg. inspectors know anyways, eh?

  • simus1

    What a remarkable eyesore.
    No doubt their architect is equally “with it”, environutwise.

  • ntt1

    i am in the process of insulating my 1960 house. it never was insulated, I went with Rock wool. Which is just melted and spun basalt just like cotton candy but rock., a little more expensive but it is immune to damp and insects plus it will not burn. it is very sustainable, which i found an annoyance since i prefer to go unsustainable as much as possible as i see it as peeing in suzukis chai.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Peeing in kookie Suzuki’s chai. What a wonderful turn of phrase.