Easy Housing is a circular and carbon positive building system based on engineered timber
Unique building system
Easy Housing is a sustainable housing concept. We have developed a circular and carbon positive building system based on engineered timber that is affordable and scalable. The homes are easy to build and are suitable for many regions with a wide range of design options.
Affordable housing concept
Lack of affordable housing is a global challenge. Rapid urbanisation creates a high demand for housing. Climate change requires us to change to sustainable ways of building. Easy Housing provides a sustainable affordable housing solution that contributes to many SDGs and the Paris Agreement.
Easy Housing is sustainable and makes comfortable living affordable. Efficient material use and smart design provide a cost-effective housing solution that is suitable for many climate regions. It is flexible in design and easy to build by people on site.
Governments, contractors and project developers around the world can use the building concept and start building affordable housing.
Easy Housing is adapted to many climates. The overhang keeps out the sun in hot countries and more insulation can be applied in colder regions. A light foundation of small concrete blocks elevates the house so that the building is flood resilient and has a higher resistence to vermin and insects.
What makes Easy Housing unique?
Our engineered wood has a high strength and durability. The light weight construction saves a lot of costs through optimal use of materials. Our efficient supply chain from source to site reduces the logistical costs of the concept.
The wooden construction can withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters. The smart design keeps out the sun, as well as insects and vermin.
Affordable construction through innovative design
The structural frame for a 65 m2 home is sold starting from just €5600 including screws and an IKEA like building manual with detailed instructions. Other materials like finishing materials and labour can be sourced locally. The structural frame provides the strength and the high quality of the concept.
The concept uses segments of 16 m2. This way the building size can be adjusted to the family size. It is also possible to relocate homes when necessary. For example due to urban densification or natural disasters. The construction of the building is easy to demount and reuse which makes it a circular building concept.
Easy Housing has a positive carbon footprint thanks to its wooden construction. The wood is sustainably sourced and shipping can be done in a compact fashion because of the light weight construction. Solar panels and a rain water storage tank can easily be added for renewable energy and water use.
The houses are easy to build on site and provide local jobs. Building can be done with just simple tools. Building manuals and technical drawings are provided for free along with the building materials. Easy Housing can also provide training to local builders to ensure the building quality and to set up larger projects.
People need little training or building experience to build with Easy Housing. The materials are shipped in the right dimensions. Only a cordless drill and a ladder are required.
Shipping of the building materials is efficient. All building materials fit in a 20FT shipping container. These containers are shipped globally and are also suitable for inland transport, even on poor infrastructure. The building materials are light weight. Everything can be safely lifted and carried by just two people.
Easy Housing is designed to meet the needs of many possible owners. Using the same basic materials, there are many floorplan options. The houses can also be connected to create multiple houses in a row.
Each segment is 16 m2 and the houses can be scaled up or down per segment. A single segment is 2.5m x 6.0m including overhang. Check the options page for several design options.
Orders take around 8 weeks to get shipped. The actual shipping time depends on the destination country and on the local customs.
Providing sustainable affordable housing can be linked to almost all sustainable development, but the ones below are particularly relevant!
International organisations concerning sustainable affordable housing
UNHABITAT – www.unhabitat.org
OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship – https://www.oecd.org/social/affordable-housing-database/
Habitat for Humanity – https://www.habitat.org/
Reall – https://www.reall.net/
MFF Housing – https://www.mffhousing.com/
Terwilliger – https://www.habitat.org/impact/our-work/terwilliger-center-innovation-in-shelter
Centre for Affordable Housing Finance (CAHF) – http://housingfinanceafrica.org/
Global Housing Foundation – https://globalhousingfoundation.org/
World Habitat – https://world-habitat.org/
International Housing Association – http://www.internationalhousingassociation.org/
International Peace Institute – https://www.ipinst.org/2018/07/affordable-housing-for-all
World Economic Forum – Report on affordable housing
IKEA Foundation in affordable housing
Affordable Housing Hub – https://www.affordablehousinghub.com/
World Urban Campaign – https://www.worldurbancampaign.org/
Amnesty International – on affordable housing
Shelter Afrique – http://www.shelterafrique.org/
World Bank – on affordable housing finance
McKinsey – Blueprint for affordable housing challenge
IMF Global Housing Watch – https://www.imf.org/external/research/housing/