Those of us snowed in by last night's "blizzard" will be able to appreciate the zeroHouse, a prototype for a fully self-sustaining modular home designed for complete off-the-grid living. New York-based design firm Specht Harpman conceptualized the compact and efficient dwelling as a prefabricated unit that could be shipped to a build-site for expedited construction. The home would not need to be connected to external utilities, like electric or natural gas, and would operate without wastewater disposal.
Unlike more “rustic” interpretations of off-the-grid living, zeroHouse offers an experience that is near luxury at every turn. Intended to house up to 4 adults, zeroHouse has two bedrooms, each with a king-size bed, and one bathroom that features both indoor and outdoor showers as well as a private sun deck. The common areas of the house are fully furnished as well. The living room features a wraparound couch and flat-screen TVs, while the fully-appointed kitchen comfortably seats four.
zeroHouse is expected to cost around $350,000. That might seem pricey for a modular home, but it’s actually a bargain for a house that collects its own water, creates its own electricity, and functions automatically once the controls of the home’s “brain” are set up via computer. The designers promise that zeroHouse can be quickly shipped and assembled, so it could mean a whole new take on an old-fashioned barn-raising.
In addition to its luxury living applications, Specht Harpman suggests that their self-sustaining dwelling might also be used for businesses operating in remote locations, such as relief agencies. The quick setup and complete independence from external utilities means zeroHouse could be used to create a headquarters or outpost in nearly any location on the globe within a few days’ notice.
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