The 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?
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.
The interior includes cork flooring and a full kitchen with induction cooktop.
Cube Project Tour from Mike Page on Vimeo.