Innovative modular home provides solution to housing crisis
ZEDpods is putting forward a solution to the housing crisis with its pre-fabricated homes that are set to be trialled in Bristol this winter.
It no longer comes as a surprise to know that young people are struggling to get their foot on the property ladder, with the reality of owning a home in central urban locations a pipe dream for the majority. Without a significant rebalancing of the housing market, innovations are needed in a bid to bring affordability back.
The ZEDpod is a low-cost, modular starter home that can be erected in days and is fully fitted for immediate occupation. ZEDpods are quality, prefabricated houses, manufactured off site and then assembled either sitting on the ground or on raised steel decks.
Each unit incorporates its own front door and private balcony area. Inside is a fully-fitted kitchen and dining area, a standard size bathroom and a lounge space with TV. Stairs lead to a mezzanine floor with home office desk, double bed, wardrobe and storage space.
As a modular solution, it has all the benefits of off-site construction, rapid installation and minimal disruption. At the same time, it's built to higher standards than most conventional housing with exceptional acoustic and environmental performance.
ZEDpod starter homes can be tailored for a range of accommodation needs and are constructed from high quality, fireproof and robust materials, designed to last as long as a traditionally built home.
Features include photovoltaic roof panels, with integrated battery storage, plus heat pumps for domestic hot water, together with super insulated construction and triple glazed windows. The pods are available with a 'Q Assure' mortgageable warranty.
Notably, they can take advantage of existing city parking spaces, with homes erected on raised steel decks able to be placed over existing parking facilities, which can then continue to be used, saving space.
The innovative design has already attracted interest from big city Showcased at the recent Bristol Housing Festival, ZEDpods won an order of six pods from Bristol City Council.
And ZEDpods have big plans beyond Bristol. Greater London has some 160,000 parking spaces, either local authority or privately owned, of which 25 per cent ZEDpods believe could be viable for ZEDpod homes. That's an immediate potential for 40,000 new dwellings if local authorities, housing associations and car park operators can be persuaded to follow the example of Bristol City Council and the Central Bedfordshire College to adopt this approach.
Commenting on his company’s innovation, Rehan Khodabuccus, Operations Director for ZEDpods, says: "Designed specifically for city centre parking or hard-standings we can build on average two, one-bedroom ZEDpod homes, for every six parking spaces. Our solution delivers high-quality rapidly built starter homes at a fraction of the price of conventional construction, and without the land issues. The pods generate more energy than they need for heating, domestic hot water, lighting and appliances which means running costs are super low too. As ZEDpods have solar roofs and high specification controlled ventilation systems and breathing walls they create a healthy indoor environment for everyone.
"The ZEDpod concept separates housing provision from land prices using air rights over car parks. This enables affordable, quality city homes where land is scarce or expensive to be put up quickly, helping keyworkers to live near their work and at the same time maintaining precious parking spaces.”
You can find out more about ZEDPods on the company’s website.