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Belgian Prefab: Quick, Fast and Self-Sustaining

March 10th, 2017 Comments off
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A SkilPod prefab home. Credit: Inhabitat.

Prefab housing appears to be getting even faster.

Skilpod, a Belgian construction company, has created the #150 Skilpod solar-powered model, a prefabricated home that can generate all its own energy and be set up in as little as half a day.

According to Inhabitat, the model was by UAU Collectiv, and is a zero-energy home constructed from cross-laminated timber.

It takes about 20 days in total to build in the factory.

The model is one of Skilpod’s largest single-unit models, with the smallest being about 30 square meters (98 feet). The homes are designed as social housing or group living projects targeted at single parent families, retirees, or first-time renters or buyers.

As with other prefab modulars, the units can be stacked to create larger homes, or apartment blocks.

Coming in at 280-square-meters (918 feet), the most recent #150 model home completed at the Skilpod factory was transported in three pieces to its final site for assembly.

The home is designed for solar optimization, including utilizing a special type of glass with a solar filter. The rooftop solar panels provide all of the electricity needed to power the home.

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Prefab in progress at SkilPod Factory. Credit: Inhabitat.

Skilpod says that the home’s high insulation values and airtight design means that only a one-kilowatt electric heater would be needed to heat the home, which also includes a heat recovery system and an air-to-water electrical heat pump.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, unique prefab homes continue their evolution around the world, including the case of the “styrofoam dome” prefab home in Japan.

The Japan Dome House Co., Ltd has come up with the design, which delivers a certain level of chic, and takes up less space than conventional home. There are already over 400 of the homes in the resort village in Kyushu, and Katsuyuki Kitagawa, owner of the Japanese firm  believes he can do more.

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Katsuyuki Kitagawa. Credit: The Japan Times.

I’d like to change the way of farming,” said Kitagawa, citing that he believes all of the advantages over conventional homes are ideal.

I thought I’d be happy if I could scoop out the bean paste from a manju dumpling and live there.

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Belgium Mini Modular Suitable for Singles or the Elderly

September 30th, 2015 Comments off

Belgian_Skilpod_modular_tiny_homeMade from cross-laminated lumber, Belgian firm Skilpod is producing small, modular inexpensive homes specifically designed for those, young and old, who want smaller homes. Designed in partnership with UAU Collective, the homes can be zero energy or energy positive with the use of solar panels, and may be useful for housing elderly parents on one’s own land as an alternative to traditional nursing homes.

Belgian_mini_modular_2_gizmag__creditBuilt in a factory in the Belgian city Geel, other features that contribute to the sustainability of the homes are heat pumps, ventilation systems with heat recuperation, automatic sunscreens and other home automation systems. Skilpod’s most recent model is 517 square feet and sells for $67,200. According to what gizmag tells MHProNews, they are transported to the site via trucks. Modules may be added as desired. ##

(Photo credit: gizmag–Belgian modular by Skilpod)

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