Sustainable Development Goals
Housing is one of the most sizeable costs in life and certainly the one requiring the highest upfront capital infusion. A smaller home that’s less expensive to build will ensure there’s more disposable income left for daily expenditures, but also to invest in career development or entrepreneurship, with less of it evaporating in interest payments. Generating surplus income is the most effective way to outgrow one’s socioeconomic level and avoid remaining in or descending into poverty.
#7. Affordable and clean energy
The cleanest and most affordable energy is the energy we don’t use. The holopod allows to live on only half the footprint (and volume) of even the smallest apartments, hence a similar portion of heating costs and emissions are saved.
#11. Sustainable cities and communities
Compacter homes allow city dwellers to live closer to the city’s center and its public transportation infrastructure, which in turn will decrease the need for private cars, freeing up both parking space and roads to the benefit of walkable and cyclable streets and green zones.
Reduced interior space also permits a relatively larger share of gardens and terraces within a given urban area. As the Covid years have proven, city dwellers have a vital need for private natural environments to turn to during the day.
Moreover, extra natural and personal space decreases violence and increases mental well-being.
#12. Responsible consumption and production
Reduction is the mother of all sustainability measures pertaining to consumption and production. What you don’t need to build, doesn’t need recycling after all.
Not only does the holopod decrease the required house envelope and its construction materials, transportation and waste streams, but the required capacity and size of technical installations is equally reduced.
The holopod’s wood panels stem form wood waste streams and are recyclable many times over with only 10% of virgin wood added per cycle. As the holopod is an integral part of the home, it also guarantees a long product life and doesn’t fall victim to the “fast furniture” trends we’ve witnessed over the past decades. Therefor, the cycles themselves are of long duration, usually many decades.
#13. Climate action
Building compact homes helps to decrease our CO2 emissions both by using less construction materials and reducing energy requirements for transportation during construction and climate control during the home’s lifetime.
#15. Life on land
Building compact homes and as a result compact cities creates a proportionally smaller share of our planet’s land surface occupied by civilisation and an opportunity for the natural environment to reclaim a share of what it has lost over the past decades.