MicroHouse

MicroHouse MicroHouse V1 OutsideMicroHouse V1 InsideWe are making a bit of a difference on strategic social good initiatives every week.  And now, with a goal towards helping to end involuntary homelessness, we have a prototype micro-house to provide a clean bedroom, clean bathroom, and lockable front door for under $100 USD.

Currently it functions as a hyper-insulated tent, allowing one adult human’s body heat to warm the interior 20 degrees F over the ambient outdoor temperature. The goal is to add open source, ultra-low cost, mass-production possible amenities until it is possible for a person to spend a night or a lifetime in the MicroHouse, and emerge groomed and fresh as if they had just exited a boutique hotel, with a charged cell phone and ready to meet their world.

This isn’t a rammed earth package, as we’re loosely coupling them to the earth in order to move and swap them around. It’s also not made of natural materials that may or may not be available in mass quantity without damaging the landscape. It’s instead made out of waste material from our automotive manufacturing process, which means insulation foam that we use to make our molds, epoxy that we use to make our carbon fiber parts, strips of leftover carbon fiber, aluminum, and polycarbonate. It currently fits in one parking space, in the bed of a truck, or on a 4’x8′ trailer which any compact car is able to move around. If you would like to sleep in a prototype or help develop one, join the team via the menu link on our website!

2 thoughts on “MicroHouse

  1. Microhouse video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-p4B24qJB8

    Great initiative. Yet with one more sheet of foam, you can make a space for two, standing room, which is non-rectilinear space (right angle is worst shape ever for human psyche):
    http://hexayurt.com

    That said, the hardest part of *any* shelter? Comfortable, heat-efficient ventilation. Since I doubt you are going to install a fiwihex Heat Recovery Ventilator
    http://viking-house.ie/fine-wire-hrv.html

    maybe install an insulated curtain that hangs down from ceiling around the occupant’s neck. Why cool the whole space when just the face needs it? For that matter, a tube that delivers air directly above the head and a short, insulated chimney at top to move air through at a controllable speed?

    Then a comfortable hood/pillow arrangement to trap heat from head. Jack Stephenson, genius Titan rocket insulation engineer who went on to design camping gear (!) got it right:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/warmlite/4370051249/sizes/o/in/photostream/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/warmlite/4370051257/sizes/o/in/photostream/

    Keep your 100W light bulb experiment meaningful!

    And I guess you will make it secure with OSB?

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