Eco-Pod Home

by Kent Griswold on June 18th, 2009. 25 Comments
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Energy efficient Eco-pod Home

Rene just sent this to me and I really think it is cool, what do you think?

An ‘eco-pod’ home, which promises to be more energy efficient than standard houses, has been shown at this year’s Grand Designs show at London’s ExCel Centre.

Eco Hab is committed to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint, by building a range of the highest performing energy efficient Eco friendly Homes.

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Every step has been taken during the design and construction of our Eco Pods, to minimise the Homes demand and dependency of fossil fuels.

This has been achieved by incorporating the following features into the Eco Pod:

• High level of thermal insulation giving an overall U value
of up to .18 for the 4m pod and .16 for the 6m pod
• Sealed Envelope (no air leakage)
• Hot air recovery ventilation
• Wood/ solid fuel burning stove
• Under floor heating
• Full recycling facility (5 separate waste shoots)
• Factory built (controlled work environment)

Optional extras:

• Solar Panels – PV Panels /Wind Turbine /Thermal storage tank
• Backup Generator – dry toilet – rain water harvesting

To learn more visit the Eco Hab website.

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25 Responses to “Eco-Pod Home”

  1. Grant Wagner says:

    Certianly interesting. I’ve always had a grandious vision for these “modular” style homes where individuals have their own bedroom pods that feed into family’s living pods, which in turn are interconnected or suround “comunity” pods. Very neo-modern.

    They certianly seem very spacious.

  2. Justin says:

    I had the chance to look round one of these at the Glastonbury Festival last year.

    I liked the look of them, but I wasn’t convinced that the round shape was best for such a small size. All your furniture needs to be custom as do your windows etc, so if anything breaks it’s going to be costly to fix.

    They’re also very expensive, at least to my sort of budget anyway. I didn’t think they felt as large as a similarly sized regular house would. I think they’re a great idea, but for the size they cost much more than a regular type of construction would.

    Still, it’s good to see companies starting to take this market seriously.

    J.

    • aep says:

      Excellent and important points. As charming and eco-friendly as these pods may be, if they are not cost competitive then they fail.

  3. Tim R says:

    That is really cool. Love the round windows that pivot out. They seem to offer about all the options you would want. Just drive up and plop it down.

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  5. EJ says:

    I agree – all the custom work & items drive up the cost. Why not go with tried and true 90 angles?
    Of course if this is your only home you could spend a lot of money on a small space and still come out way ahead…

  6. Angela says:

    Hi, i love all this small homes, also the eco friendly sounds great, but how i don’t hear that much about it here in USA , a lot of people need this kind of homes Now and in affordable prices!

  7. Benjamin says:

    I don’t see any sort of efficiency with these. The circular shape gives you much less space than a rectangular shape, especially with a corridor going to other pod. And insulation-wise, you have to insulate all those walls in the pods and corridor when a rectangular structure with adjacent rooms eliminates the insulation on the shared wall. Cute, but wasteful.

  8. Jason says:

    Interesting. Not efficient in space use, but probably VERY efficient with all thermal concerns. As far as cost goes, i’m sure being built as is, makes these guys VERY fast to put up. Especially when you have cranky neighbors. Within a few hours this thing could be done and out of everybody’s hair. Almost like a container house, but not quite as … utilitarian.

  9. Reg says:

    The Eco-pod has been around for decades in the U.S. It’s called the mobile home which you people ridicule as trailer parks. The rectangular shape utilizes space better than the “bee-hive” shown in the photos.

  10. tom jordan says:

    hi. im looking for one in FL for my land

  11. Laura says:

    Hey there.. Love your site.
    I have been into tiny houses since I was a kid ( now in my 40′s) grew to love the tiny Motels on Route 66.
    So thanks for your blog I cannot get enough of it.
    I remember a craze where people in the 80′s were making houses with a substance that we now have in a can to fill cracks ( foam that grows) This foam was wonderful for shaping walls putting in fish tanks windows etc very creative however because it was keeping out all the air it kept in all the toxic fumes from the plastic and people got sick and they stopped making these. So this was my concern here how safe the plastic he mentioned these are made out to live here?
    I have to correct some of you folks here the dome shape is best for energy efficiency the rectangle hides pockets of heat terribly wasteful for energy..this is why dome shapes became popular as kits in the 70′s however the shape is high maintenance hard to get up there yourself etc.. I feel this was not explored enough because it was just not mainstream and too sci fi looking..

    This is an awesome video at showing how to maximize space you could run a ladder up and make a second floor for the kids to watch tv or paint. Less space inside means you have to go outside and less chance of collecting more stuff!

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  13. Tina Loflin says:

    Dear Sirs/ladies,
    This pod house is exactly what I want! One story, simple–but I would add two more pods: one for my art studio, one for my books/computer/TV. I wish I could get one, but I am on disability and don’t know of any programs to help people such as myself–otherwise I’d jump on this right now.
    Thanks for letting me post here!
    peace, Tina

  14. Very intresting design. Reminds me cartoon and phantasy homes. I like it, especially for country house.

  15. Kai Janson says:

    The entire point of dome houses is not the circular foot print; that’s a side effect. The main thing is it’s temperature distribution and the resistance to inclement weather. A dome is a lot more structurally stable than four flat walls when exposed to high winds. Four flat walls act like sails and enable the wind to destroy the structure; the wind doesn’t have anything to hold on to on a dome structure; thus these homes can withstand a lot more wind before they become affected.

    There are big domes (>3,000 sqft) that heat and cool under $100 per month in winter or summer. with a minimal A/C and heater unit.

    —Kai

  16. Pod Living says:

    I think the need for micro living solutions is increasing all the time. With the housing shortage in the UK and the fact elderly relatives and grown up children may struggle to buy or run a property of their own this will be a big market in the future.

  17. Andyj says:

    The production facility could be seen from the M60 (Manchester, UK). If I’m not mistaken the maker of these houses has packed it all up. Everyone likes them but nobody was buying.

    Space, warmth and practicality of the ordinary terraced house sadly trumped these.

  18. Henry David Thoreau says:

    Poverty never looked so chic! Lol

  19. Sage says:

    We are working on a project to provide space for tiny homes with organic gardens and grow domes. After downsizing and selling most of our stuff we have been more organized and have more free time. We want to expand this for others and are working on a new project. Check out our site and have a good one!

  20. Martin says:

    I like the idea of these pods, but so many people now are produing basically the same design. It’s cute, but a bit too Telly Tubby for me. I think someone needs to come up with something a little different to really ignite the market.

  21. JONATHAN MOORE says:

    SEND ME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS 6M + 4m SINGLE LEVEL ECO-POD HOME.
    jd moore

    • Kent Griswold says:

      You need to contact the company, this is a blog post about them and most likely they will not see your comment.

  22. deborah says:

    This company seems to be out of business. If people will look at the dates of the comments you will see it goes back to 2009. Most of the links take you to a book at Amazon.com and the other says the link is dead.

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