Selficient is built with biodegradable, mostly ecological, materials. If a part breaks down, the materials can be degraded by the environment. We only use materials that are produced in an eco-friendly way. Those materials will stimulate the circular economy philosophy.
2D MODULAR BUILDING METHOD
The wall panels of the Selficient house as well as its wooden structure are easily assembled and take less time to construct than the average house. Maintenance becomes easier through the click system where broken elements are easily replaceable and eco-friendly thanks to reuse possibilities. The popular PC game “SIMS” has taught us how simple building a house can be when using 2D panels. Compared to 3D modules which are inflexible, Selficient’s wall panels are usable in a wide range of dimensions. The wall panel is built from thicker to thinner wood to avoid moisture within, making a vapor barrier redundant. Humidity can get out but water can’t get in. In between those layers, a thick cellulose layer ensures the insulation of the house.
Selficient is completely solar-powered. The photo voltaic modules are integrated in the greenhouse. That is one of the reasons why the house is oriented to the south.
Modularity is achieved by using a separately rigged construction and panels for the wall, floor and the roof. These panels contain insulation, but there also is space reserved for smart installations in the panels, such as batteries, piping, wiring and other appliances to be installed when needed. Designing and building these elements is an important part of the concept.
A greenhouse is part of the exterior of the house and has multiple purposes. For instance, it does create a microclimate and thereby creating a warmer environment, which enables residents to enjoy sitting outside longer and also extends the growing season for gardening. Furthermore, the warmth recovery-unit can derive its energy from the warmer air in the greenhouse. During the seasons where heating is desired, it can use the warmer air inside the greenhouse and thereby creating a lower energy usage.
Selficient is designed so its residents will experience the comforts of the sun at its best. Its inhabitants wake up in the east where they can even have breakfast in the greenhouse or on the porch. During the day, the house is illuminated through the large glazing on the south of the building. Diner can be enjoyed during sunset in the kitchen located in the western corner. Eventually, sun down could be experienced on the western porch. The bathroom and mechanical room are placed on the north side of the home.
The mission of Selficient is to create a product that is not only as sustainable as possible, but also is affordable to a large part of society. This way we strive to not only make a positive impact on the environment but also on society.