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26 CASE STUDY


He comments: “This trend of short-term use of derelict land, which can be left untouched for years, even during the planning stages, is becoming more common, especially in London. “Koda would provide a cost-effective option to house those on the waiting list for affordable accommodation, or offer temporary rental apartments for young professionals, students, and those looking to downsize.”


“On a wider point,” continues O’Brien, “it could also be the perfect housing solution for those that move regularly for their jobs, and require medium term tenancies in cities across the UK. “You could pack your suitcase and move from Koda to Koda, and be in familiar environment in another town or city, with all the usual amenities.”


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As part of the homes’ energy efficiency, Koda features photovoltaic panels to generate energy and reduce its carbon footprint. Accompanying these are thin, vacuum-insulated concrete walls, keeping the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter, as well as providing noise insulation.


The homes come with smart home systems, including alarms, an entry system door lock, programmable mood lighting and climate control. Installation does not require extensive digging or foundations, and so can take less than a working day to assemble on site, with materials able to be disassembled reused easily.


The concept was initially unveiled last


INSTALLATION DOES NOT REQUIRE EXTENSIVE DIGGING OR FOUNDATIONS, AND SO CAN TAKE LESS THAN A WORKING DAY TO ASSEMBLE ON SITE


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year, but the first Koda home has now been installed in the BRE’s Innovation Park in Watford, a research facility displaying full-scale prototype homes, demonstrating innovative approaches to low-carbon and energy-efficient housing. Kodasema is a recent winner of WAN Urban Challenge 2017, a global ideas competition with a focus on London’s housing crisis. The Koda house is due for release in 2018.


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