‘Super sustainable’ modular home launched in UK

An energy efficient factory-made home that can be erected in a day has been released to the UK market by Nordic developer Kodasema.

The 25 m² pop-up structure, dubbed Koda house, is marketed as a temporary housing solution, but can also be used as a cafe, a classroom or an office. It has been designed to allow stacking, with multi-storey modules scheduled for release in 2018.

The modular home benefits from highly sustanable features such as vacuum-insulated concrete walls, LED lighting and PV panels as well as a range of smart home systems.

The open-plan living space features a full-height quadruple-glazed window at the front, providing thermal and acoustic insulation, while filling the interiors with natural light. The bathroom and mezzanine bedroom are located at the back of the building for optimal use of space, with a living and dining space to the front, and also a terrace at the front.

The structure’s biggest selling point is its £150,000 price tag, which includes planning application and building regulation costs, delivery, site preparation, construction and connection to water, electricity and sewage.

John O’Brien, associate director for construction innovation at Kodasema, said:

“The simple yet effective design could help alleviate the pressures of the housing crisis on local authorities, providing temporary homes or workspaces on empty sites. This trend of short-term use of derelict land, which can be left untouched for years, even during the planning stages, is becoming more common, especially in London. KODA would provide a cost-effective option to house those on the waiting list for affordable accommodation or offer temporary rental apartments for young professionals, students and those looking to downsize.

“On a wider point, it could also be the perfect housing solution for those that move regularly for their jobs and require medium term tenancies in cities across the UK. You could pack your suitcase and move from KODA to KODA and be in a familiar environment in another town or city with all the usual amenities.”

The Koda house can be viewed on the BRE’s Innovation Park in Watford.