Healthy Human Housing
Housing should be sustainable, healthy and affordable, yet today we see that this is hardly the case. furthermore the people who actually live in the houses don’t always get to choose their interior or can only choose a few options. With HHH we aim to drastically change this.
“We need to build homes like cars, sell them like smartphones and recycle them like PET bottles” The construction industry needs to be more efficient at building, reducing costs and making better products. The costumer needs to have various options to choose from and actually get the product they choose. And lastly the industry needs to become more sustainable.
HHH will address the above issues by using several techniques:
• Separating the fit-in and base building,
• Incorporating circularity,
• Various financing models,
• BIM as communication,
• Costumer is central.
By separating the fit-in and base building, we can make longer lasting houses where inhabitants can make their own choices. The base-building will be standardized and mass produced in factory setting (economy of scale & 0 failure costs). For the building techniques that every house requires (plumbing, electricity,..) a standardized unit will be used incorporates all these. It will be a modular design so it can be scaled up or down for bigger or smaller buildings.
The fit-in can be made completely in line with what the customer wants. They can even choose to do this themselves.
Circularity will be a central guideline in the HHH concept. The materials used will be circular (bio-based, recycled, reused,…) and contain no toxic elements, but contribute to the health of the building (e.g. clay plastering to help regulate the humidity). The building methods used will fit in the concept of transformable building and a ‘building as a material bank’, so down the line the building can be easily re-used. For certain elements circular business models will be set into place so the producers of the products are incentivized to make more sustainable products and are made responsible for the functionality of their products, therefore unburdening the residents
Various financing will be made available. People will be able to just buy as is tradition, but other scheme’s will be open to costumers as well. They can choose to rent the base building, but pay for the fit-out. Or they can use the option to pay for living as a service: they get a healthy living space with all the utilities for one fixed price.
BIM will have central role in the building process. Everything will be virtually made before it goes into production. All the actors (architect, engineer, contractor, material supplier,…) will make the model together and iterate with the final client. Only once all the parties agree on the virtual model physical activities will start. If subcontractors or other actors are involved down the line, they will be given certain aspects of the BIM model that they need to make, exactly as is on the model.
And lastly: the customer is paramount. The whole building process starts with the demands and wishes of the customer. This is the starting point of their journey towards happy living and will be guided by HHH. We will translate what they need and want into a healthy and sustainable home.