Cube Project

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The Cube in St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival, 2011
The Cube in St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival, 2011

The Cube Project is an initiative of Dr Mike Page at the University of Hertfordshire who set out to build a compact home, no bigger than 3x3x3 metres on the inside, in which one person could live a comfortable, modern existence with a minimum impact on the environment.

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[edit] Features

  • Constructed from a variety of sustainable materials
  • Suits a single person (or two friendly people)
  • 27 cubic metres of space
  • Lounge, with a table and two custom-made chairs
  • small double bed (120cm wide)
  • full-size shower
  • kitchen (with energy-efficient fridge, induction hob, re-circulating cooker hood, sink/drainer, combination microwave oven and storage cupboards)
  • washing machine
  • composting toilet.
  • Lighting is achieved by ultra-efficient LED lights
  • Heated using an Ecodan air-source heat pump, with heat being recovered from extracted air.
  • Cork flooring
  • Two-metre head height throughout.

[edit] Design criterion

It was an important design criterion that none of the techniques or technologies used in the Cube would be solely applicable to small buildings. Everything used can be equally well be applied in homes and businesses of all shapes and sizes when scaled up.

The Cube is designed to generate at least as much energy as it uses, averaged over the year, using solar photovoltaic panels that are integrated with the building.

If registered with the UK Government’s Feed in tariff, the Cube can raise around £1000 per year in income.

[edit] Connections

Required - electrical grid and a cold-water supply. Not required - mains drainage: waste is either composted, or processed on site by a small reed-bed and soak-away.

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