Natural Health

Healthy living, herbal remedies and DIY natural beauty.

Add to My MSN

QB1: Living Large in Less Than 90 Square Feet

4/18/2011 12:30:17 PM

Tags: Cube Project, QB1, Mike Page, tiny house, finy prefab house, tiny kit house, kit house, small homes, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailThe challenge: Can one person live comfortably, with minimal environmental impact, in a home no larger than 88 square feet? With the Cube Project, the University of Hertfordshire’s Mike Page proves it can be done. He unveiled the first proptype, QB1, as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival this month.

The Cube includes a lounge, with a table and two custom-made chairs, a small double bed, a full-size shower, a kitchen (with energy-efficient fridge, induction hob, re-circulating cooker hood, sink/drainer, combination microwave oven and storage cupboards), a washing machine and a composting toilet. Ultra-efficient LED lights and an Ecodan air-source heat pump keep energy costs minimal.

Designed to generate at least as much energy as it uses, the Cube has two Mitsubishi PVP 148 solar modules, each around 11m2 in area and each with a peak power output of 1.48kW. The heavily insulated Cube is constructed from Kingspan Logic timber-frame elements clad on the outside by Forest Stewardship Council-certified English sweet chestnut and on the inside by FSC-certified birch plywood, with Nordan’s NTech triple-glazed Passivhaus windows and door. An Ecodan Air-Source Heat Pump from Mitsubishi Electric, linked to a DeLonghi Climaveneta MHD30 fan coil by ICS Heat Pumps, provides efficient space heating and will also supply hot water, stored in a 100-litre pressurized cylinder that fits under the shower area.

“The Cube illustrates what we believe to be the best of low-carbon living,” Page states. You can see for yourself in the video below. Next challenge?

cube project exterior 

The Cube sits on Swift Miniplinth foundations that use much less concrete than a traditional slab, are both reusable and recyclable, and leave no lasting imprint once removed.  

cube project interior 

The interior includes cork flooring and a full kitchen with induction cooktop. 

 

Cube Project Tour from Mike Page on Vimeo.



Related Content

Top 10 Reasons to Live in a Tiny Home

Do you dream about living in a tiny, super-efficient home but worry about living with less space? Th...

What is ‘Modern Homesteading,' Anyway?

What exactly is ‘modern homesteading"? There are as many definitions as there are people doing it. W...

What is Mycorrhizal Fungi?

I asked Heather, the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist over at Thrive, a few questions and h...

The Many Benefits of Half the Oil

We can cut projected U.S. oil use in half over the next 20 years and create more than 1 million jobs...

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 

Sean(Builder Huddersfield)
4/20/2011 7:41:06 PM
I would love to have this. This place would be my sanctuary.










Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.