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25 CASE STUDY


BRE-backed £150k temporary home arrives


Koda, a sustainable factory-made modular home has been launched in partnership with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to provide a new solution to the UK’s housing crisis.


erected in a day. Already in use across Holland and Estonia,


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Koda addresses the need for temporary housing on disused sites across the country, providing fast and economical homes. An individual Koda house can be built for £150,000, including construction, planning costs, delivery, installation and connections to basic necessities like water, electricity and sewage. The structure doesn’t need foundations, and can be moved on the back of a lorry, creating an effective solution for under-utilised land before it is permanently developed. Koda has been designed by Estonian developer Kodasema to allow stacking, with multi-storey modules scheduled for release in 2018. This is not the first time modular micro-homes have been introduced to the UK, with companies such as ISO Spaces


he ‘Koda’ house has been launched in the UK, a 25m2


sustainable modular structure that can be


creating moveable and re-usable short-term accommodation in Ealing, London, using re-purposed shipping containers. Kodasema however intends for its home


to ‘shake up’ the UK property market, providing a multi-purpose self-build struc- ture that the company believes can be used as a city centre home, a lakeside summer house, a cafe, an office, workshop, studio, or even a classroom.


Open plan living dominates the design, with a full-height quadruple-glazed window at the front, providing acoustic and thermal insulation, while filling the interiors with natural light. The bathroom and mezzanine bedroom are located at the back of the building, with a living and dining space and terrace at the front. John O’Brien, associate director for


Construction Innovation at the BRE, believes the “simple, yet effective” design could help “alleviate the pressures of the housing crisis,” and offers the potential to supply “relatively cheap” temporary homes.


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