The Gaia House
The goal of this project was to design a self-sustaining, luxury prefab house that blends elements of rustic and modern architecture and design. Based around the idea of a self-sustaining Passivhaus, the Gaia House would generate all of its own electricity and collect its own water, blending with the natural environment and only lightly impacting the earth.
Why the Gaia House?
- Prefab houses can be built faster, more affordably, and greener than stick-built homes
- Built with Passivhaus Techniques, the Gaia House has superior insulation and ventilation, allowing it to maintain a comfortable temperature without central air and heating
- Electricity is produced via solar panels and the house oriented to catch the most sun, while electrochromic windows help maintain interior temperature
- The Gaia House is also set up to collect and filter rainwater and produce food via indoor aquaculture
Market and Consumers
- The worldwide average prefab home owner is 49 years old and fully employed with a salary of 35,000 dollars a year
- Prefab homes are generally 10 to 20 dollars a square foot cheaper to the consumer, meaning that the average prefab house is less than half of the cost of it's stick-built counterpart
- Prefab housing accounts for 10% of all houses in the US as of 2013, and near to 50% of the Asian housing market
- In 2012 prefab housing was measured as a 90.1 billion dollar global industry