The idea coming from Chilean scientists who joined forces to create a prototype that can be exported worldwide.

The theme of the environment is one of the fundamental principles of the tiny house movement. Most people who choose this type of home also do so for reasons of sustainability. First of all because having little space reduces the possibility of accumulating too many objects in favour of a better management of their “waste”, but also because, very often, the construction of these small houses takes place thanks to the recovery of materials that would otherwise be stationed in landfills.

Off-grid living also means being cut off from normal housing services such as running water, toilets and electricity, in favour of more ecological remedies. Not to mention how much you save for heating or cooling a few square meters of space. All of this inevitably leads to a viewpoint in favour of the natural environment and has led many people to think and create, even those who do not come from the field of architecture and design.

This is the case of ZeroCabin (@zerocabin), a small zero impact cabin built by a team of scientists who describe their project as follows: “ZeroCabin is zero impact, it’s a perfect symbiosis between you and nature. we build it wherever you want, we just leave a path, we don’t use a boom truck. 10% of our utility is invested in projects for the conservation of forests and native wildlife. this through the construction of ZeroCabin (with our resources) in parks that go towards perpetual conservation through the real law of the right of conservation”.

To better understand their project, we asked Felipe Lüer, one of ZeroCabin’s creators, some questions.

1 – ZeroCabin is a project conceived by scientists and not by architects. A great piece of news also for an innovative field such as that of the Tiny House. Where does your inspiration come from? Have you taken inspiration from nature to realize this project?

The inspiration comes directly from nature. Trees are living things that can do anything just with the sun and water that fall just over them, with no possibility to move, and even so they live perfectly with no damage. The main rule is very simple, just take most sun possible, they do it with the leaf in a perfect arrangement called philotaxis. Thats why our roof is oriented to the north (in this hemisphere) and 42° (in this latitude). And also like trees, we give back all the “waste” (black water) in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, we use worms that treat the water and produce hummus, which is perfect for fertilizing.

2 – Tell us about your background.

I’m a dreamer who just wants time to be with friends and family doing what I am good at. I love to build and try to make people leave cities to go to the nature to live with no impact and bills, allowing them to live happy, because happy humans are the best thing that can happen to the planet.

3 – Your prototype was made in Chile, your home country. is it possible to create ZeroCabin in other parts of the world or was it born as a local project?

We are exporting a DIY KIT to anyone in the world who want to live happy without bills for ever (rainwater and sun are free).

4 – Tell us about the photovoltaic panels, grey and blackwater treatment, and rainwater collection purified by reverse osmosis. Through these systems, does ZeroCabin become absolutely self-sufficient even if lost in the middle of nowhere?

Each cabin is built by the team, who further offers a plan for maintenance of such integrated systems as photovoltaic panels, grey and blackwater treatment, and rainwater collection purified by reverse osmosis. While the ZeroCabin is elevated upon a base of two meter-high wooden piles to avoid damage from rodents and humidity and to maximize views, its timber frame construction is assembled without the use of nails. biodegradable insulation together with thermally efficient glazing systems allow for a minimal usage of active heating and cooling systems.

And yes, ZeroCabin is 100% sustainable because it doesn’t use any fossil fuel to reproduce the basic house’s services.

5 – Describe the design you have chosen for your cabin. What were you inspired by? have you used recycled materials?

About the design, it’s 100% related to efficiency, no more, we believe that if nature would have done a house, it probably would have done something like a ZeroCabin. We use the materials that are closer to the place where the construction is being made, to avoid cost and emission in the logistic process. So if near the place are materials that can we use to build part of the structure (always biodegradable materials) we can use them if the client agrees.

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