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Building homes for the future

Easy Housing is building a brighter future for families across the globe. Our circular and climate-smart building concept offers a home for everyone. One that is comfortable, safe and affordable. This is the sustainable solution for the global housing gap.

Easy Housing offers a circular and climate-smart building technology for emerging economies that is based on sustainably sourced timber. We develop building blueprints and provide certified timber to building partners. Our homes are tailored to local requirements and stimulate the local construction value chain. 

Our buildings store carbon in their timber construction, which makes them carbon negative. This way, we reduce 260% of CO2 compared to concrete homes. In addition, our houses are climate smart and can withstand floods and hurricanes.

Interested in working together? Reach out to us to explore partnerships or project opportunities.

Our core values

Easy Housing has developed its concept around four core values. We see these values as fundamental to meeting the global demand for climate smart and affordable housing.

climate smart & carbon negative

Easy Houses are designed to be climate resilient and able to withstand climate disasters, such as floods and hurricanes. The houses are carbon negative, as they store CO2 in their timber frames. In addition, we do not use any concrete, which reduces CO2 emissions by 260%. Easy Housing thus provides both climate change adaptation and mitigation benefits.

circular & biobased building system

Easy Houses are completely circular, which means that the houses can easily be reused, repurposed, relocated, rebuilt, incrementally expanded, and repaired by replacing individual components. If maintained properly, the sustainable timber has a lifespan of centuries. In addition, our system does not create waste during construction nor at the end of life.

cultural integration & local labour

We work with local partners and other stakeholders. This supports the local building sector to switch to more sustainable practices and creates local jobs. Thanks to the design flexibility of our houses, each project can be tailored to local preferences and needs, such as cultural aspects, available building materials and climate conditions.

scalable & standardised concept

Our building technology consists of standardized technical details and dimensions. It offers many different options for floor plans and typologies. The building materials are preferably sourced locally from sustainable forestry partners. When not available locally, the sustainable timber can be imported from Finland. We optimise the logistics for each market we are active in.

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Easy Housing works together with partners throughout the building value chain. We provide the blueprints of our concept to enable building partners to switch to our sustainable construction method. Are you interested in working together? Contact us!

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Impact of sustainable housing

The global housing deficit is one of the biggest challenges of this century. By 2030, the housing gap is projected at 300 million homes, mostly in the Global South! However, the building industry causes high CO2 emissions and creates large amounts of waste. The cement industry alone accounts for 8% of all emissions globally. Therefore, continuing to build with traditional materials will have a devastating impact on our environment. Easy Housing provides a sustainable alternative.

Circular economy

Easy Housing follows circular economy design principles. We maintain material value and do not create waste. Instead of using glue or nails, every component is screwed together and can be disassembled again. This means that our circular homes can be reused, repurposed, relocated, rebuilt, incrementally expanded, and maintained by replacing individual components. Applying circular design principles has many benefits:

Zero waste

Zero emissions

No depletion

Long term value

Climate change

Climate change is impacting people all over the world. Many people in the Global South live in areas prone to climate disasters, such as floods and hurricanes. It makes them and their homes extremely vulnerable. It is essential that housing offers resilience to climate change. Easy Housing provides both adaptation and mitigation benefits.

Adaptation

Easy Houses are resilient to natural hazards, such as floods and hurricanes.
Easy Houses are designed to be energy and water efficient. Solar energy and rainwater harvesting can be integrated.
Our concept can be tailored to most climate types.
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Mitigation

Our sustainable forestry partners enhance biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.
Avoiding concrete reduces the CO2 emissions by 14 tonnes of CO2 per home.
Easy Housing saves 36 tonnes of kg of CO2 per 100 sqm home! This is equal to driving 180.000 km in a car!
The sustainable timber used in our construction stores 22 tonnes of CO2 per average home.
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Sustainable Development Goals

Housing is primarily related to SDG11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities. However, it also lies at the basis of the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without affordable sustainable housing, we will not be able to achieve these goals. Easy Housing has a positive impact on 16 out of the 17 goals.

Access to affordable housing is considered to be one of the most important drivers in ending poverty. This directly affects a family’s ability to sufficiently provide in their other basic needs like food, water and energy and in their ability to save for structural matters like the education of their children.

Creating affordable housing directly relates to a household’s ability to provide in their basic needs like food. Affordable housing creates more savings as well as new economic opportunities for households and reduced inequality. All these factors will contribute to the eradication of hunger.

Living in a safe and comfortable home has a large positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing. It can reduce stress, limit exposure to diseases, improve hygiene and especially timber homes are proven to have a positive effect on people’s wellbeing and offer a higher living comfort.

The link between a safe and affordable home and education is bifold. Firstly, affordable housing creates room in a household’s finances to pay for the education of their children. Secondly, having a decent dwelling provides the right conditions for children to do homework and study at home.

When a family has access to affordable housing, the girls in the household are more likely to get decent education and equal opportunities to develop themselves. Quality housing also creates a safer living environment, decreasing the chances of getting exposed to gender based violence.

Waterborne diseases still cause many problems, but can be easily overcome with proper sanitation and sewerage. In our building system, it is easy to connect and maintain such infrastructure. In addition, the roof’s rainwater run-off can be collect and stored in rainwater tanks.

The roofs of Easy Houses are strong enough to carry solar systems. The homes can thus produce and store their own solar electricity. The houses also have many passive design principles that make them energy efficient, such as ventilated façades and an overhang that blocks the sun out on hot days.

Without a good home, it is more difficult to find a job and to function well on the job market, as you might be unable to rest sufficiently or ensure your personal hygiene. Adequate housing is thus essential for the local economy. In addition, Easy Housing also ensures local job creation.

The timber industry will play an important role in solving the housing crisis. Easy Housing will push the timber industry towards innovation and scaling up, unlocking international markets and increasing currently unused potential of sustainable forestry and engineered timber applications.

When low-income households get access to affordable housing, this can improve their health and well-being and job opportunities, among other things, reducing poverty and vulnerability. The better accessible housing is for low income groups, the more it will help to reduce inequality in society.

For cities to be truly sustainable and thrive economically and socially, it is very important to have inclusive and mixed city planning. Easy Housing is a sustainable building system that offers many options for housing typologies, clusters and neighbourhoods, all within its standardised system.

Easy Housing is completely circular. Our homes can be reused, repurposed, relocated, rebuild, incrementally expanded, and repaired. These circular design aspects create opportunities for value retention, easy maintenance and repairs, new building functions and new types of financial services.

Easy Houses are carbon negative! Their timber frame stores 1.5 kg of CO2 per kg of timber (carbon sequestration), and avoiding the use of concrete strongly reduces CO2 emissions. In total,  an average 100 sqm home of Easy Housing has a CO2 reduction of 25.500 kg.

Deforestation and biodiversity loss are among the largest challenges of our time. Using timber from sustainable production forests will increase the forest cover and biodiversity, and facilitates an enormous carbon footprint reduction in the construction industry.

The connection between institutions and housing goes two ways: 1) we need strong institutions to obtain social and inclusive cities that are climate resilient and economically thriving; and 2) sustainable affordable housing plays an important role in the prosperity of communities on all levels.

The building industry is a complex web of stakeholders that all need to work together to achieve a transition towards sustainable and circular building. Our partnership model facilitates this by working with local partners, providing our sustainable building concept and ensuring cultural integration.

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Current projects

In November and December 2021, we are building two houses in Beira, Mozambique. This pilot project, in cooperation with our partners Empowa and Casa Real, accounts for two sustainable and affordable homes for low and middle income families. These houses are located in the neighbourhood that Casa Real is developing. Look at our projects page for more information.

In February 2022, we are entering the Ugandan market, with our first project in the West Nile district.

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