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ECObitat: Portable green disaster relief housing solution by Felipe Campolina
Brazilian architect Felipe Campolina has designed ‘ECObitat’, a modular housing system to provide emergency or disaster relief housing.
Easily transported and made of off-the-shelf materials, ECObitat features modular living wall and green roof system that lends a lush feel to the organic exterior. The one-bedroom pre-fabricated unit home can be constructed easily. The bedroom is located at one end, while the bathroom is in the middle and the kitchen and living areas are located at the far end. Long vertical slits in the green wall act as windows and the two ends fold down like a drawbridge to provide additional outdoor living space.
ECObitat is made of standard oriented strand boards (OSB) sheets with everything scaled using 1.22 m x 2.44 m dimensions. The structure of the house is made of a steel frame while structural insulated panels (SIP) panels are used for the walls and floor to define the rooms and provide support and insulation. The modular system has dimensions of 2.44 m x 3.10 m x 12.20, which is about the size of a standard 40' shipping container. The vertical walls and floors are sheathed in OSB with thermo-acoustic insulation.
The whole house stands on telescoping legs, which makes it easier to place it on any type of ground without the need to search for a flat area. The metallic roof of the house features a series of solar panels and a small-scale wind turbine to produce enough power for the entire home. Modular plant boxes are mounted on the exterior and are planted with vegetation, which provides extra insulation. Depending on the types of plants used, the walls of the house can even produce food.
Each modular system can be delivered on a standard flat bed truck for easy deployment.