A Belgian Brussels based SME has developed a low-carbon, transportable small housing unit that is entirely self-proficient in terms of water and energy use. The construction is made of sustainable materials and does not require a connection to electricity, heat or water networks. Water and electricity needs will be entirely met by thermal insulation and sustainable water and energy sources (e.g. photovoltaic panels, storage battery, rainwater and greywater filtering).
It consists of 3m x 3m modules with a minimum of 1 module up to a maximum of 4 modules. A minimum of 3 modules is required to have 100% energy autonomy.
The housing unit offers all modern comfort and has a trendy design. The surface area of the housing unit is 36m2, with 30m2 of living space including a living room, bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Due to its small dimension it can be easily transported by a truck. Its modular structure also allows it to be assembled in such a way that it can create an infinitive number of unique buildings.
Most tiny housing constructions that are currently on the market are rarely energy efficient and must still be connected to water and electricity networks and are not easy to move. This low weight housing solution has the advantage that it is transportable, fully autonomous in its water and energy provision and still offers a high level of comfort to the occupants. The housing unit has no dependence on the ground surface and is scalable according to the needs of its users. The construction can be used in multiple ways; e.g. office space and meeting rooms, secondary residences, housing for students, hotels, schools as well as temporary installations such as shelters for accommodating for example asylum seekers.
The prototype of the housing box is expected to be installed in a demonstration setting in autumn 2020. Actual production of the housing boxes is foreseen for January 2021 with delivery date planned for 6 months after order. The company is looking for partners that can offer battery technologies for integration in the housing units. In particular expertise is sought regarding technologies based on batteries with a long life time. To fit the mobile housing structure especially leight batteries with a low percentage of discharge are required. The company offers the possibility to test the integration of the battery technology in the prototype of the housing unit. If successfull the batteries should be integrated in the housing box structure and partners are invited to enter in a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a technical cooperation agreement.