The idea of having a house that is easy to build and is beneficial in some way on an energy level is quite seductive, both to our imaginations and to the architects and engineers behind products like prefab homes. And that is precisely the Kiss House, prefabricated houses that allow some energy savings and can be assembled in four days.
It is another concept similar to that of other "mini houses", although this time there is nothing "mini" since they can have up to four bedrooms. The particularity is that it is built with materials that meet certain standards for reducing energy demand, and unlike traditional building with foundations, brick, etc. its construction time is considerably less.
Insulate to save and windows
The main building material (not the only one) is laminated wood or CLT, an element of choice that we also saw not long ago in the Smartdome modular domes. The idea in fact is somewhat reminiscent of that concept, since it is based on the choice of materials for energy saving, although in this case it is not sought to save as much in cost as we will see and there are options for all tastes (even for the brick).
As Mike Jacob, a specialist in the Passivhaus standard (based on the use of solar energy and reduction of energy consumption due to insulation and other aspects) and a member of the Kiss House team, explains to NewAtlas, the buildings comply with this certification by having a high insulation level, take advantage of solar energy and have air circulation.
As we said in the introduction, the houses can have from two (Kiss 2.1) to four rooms (Kiss 4.1), ranging from 80 square meters to 140. In the designs proposed by the windows, they are glass that goes from floor to ceiling, and for the exterior you can choose between four different cladding options: wood (cedar, lárice, chestnut among others), metal (zinc, copper or stainless steel), classic plaster or brick.
A plus in terms of its structure is that due to it the reforms are somewhat simpler than in the case of traditional buildings, and if the needs change at any given time, they can be reconfigured (for example, adding more rooms).
Let efficiency start in transportation
In this case we are not talking about homes that are relatively easily assembled and disassembled like the Smartdome, since the Kiss Home need a concrete base to settle the structure (with which there is a greater impact than in other types of houses prefabricated). Of course, once this is done and the material received, the house can be assembled in three or four days.
Jacobs adds that transportation is already part of efficiency, since it is panels, so that in less space material is transported for more houses. An idea that we also saw in Blokable, another prefabricated house concept that was focused above all on low cost.
And the price of the Kiss House? It depends on which model is chosen, the materials and the surface, but the cost per square meter is around 2,284 euros (about 2,555 dollars) for the United Kingdom, although export prices to other countries will begin to be seen next month. Taking into account that the two-bedroom has about 80 square meters, we would be talking about something more than 182,000 euros in the case of the Kiss 2.1, which is by no means an excessive price for a house, but it represents a greater investment than the from other projects like the Smartdome.