Smallest Eco Home
“The Cube”, the smallest eco-friendly home ever constructed, has been unveiled by the University of Hertfordshire. Researchers at the University, under the lead of Dr Mike Page, Engineer and Reader in Cognitive Psychology at the School of Psychology within the University, conceived, designed and managed the project that has led to the creation of the environmentally friendly home.
The Cube has an internal space of no more than 3x3x3 metres and is built entirely from environmentally friendly and sustainable materials, primarily wood. Designed for comfort and to allow for the usage of technology that itself uses very little energy, the Cube features cork flooring (no need for wood floor repairs here), LED lighting and an Ecodan air source heat pump that warms the home with heat taken from extracted air. A timber frame shell insulates the Cube, which has interior surfaces made from birch plywood, while the monopitch roof is adorned with solar panels, as is the south wall. The panels are expected to help make the home carbon neutral within the next twelve months.
The Cube features a lounge with table and chairs, kitchen with fridge, hob, sink, microwave and cupboards, a bedroom with double bed, full size shower and even a composting toilet. The eco-friendly home is currently being showcased at the Edinburgh Science Festival, which opened to the public on the 9th April and will run until the 23rd April. The festival is being held in St Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh, Scotland.