ModulusTech aims on applying technological advancements to revolutionize the low-cost housing sector for displaced and homeless people. The way it works is through an innovative flat-packed house design that can be assembled in as little as 3 hours by 3 workers using simple hand tools. Its flat-pack nature allows 8 of such houses to be transported in a 40 feet container. While the modular construction allows the merger of multiple houses to be easily customized for various uses. The house also comes with all electrical and plumbing utilities included. Hence, the structure is ready for use as soon as it is assembled. Once assembled, the houses offer complete privacy with hygienic conditions to its inhabitants. This ensures that the inhabitants are provided with security, minimizing the social problems and epidemics that are prevalent in shelters and camps globally.
Implementing the solution would enable humanitarian and government organizations to be able to provide housing to the millions of refugees and displaced people in the shortest time. It would allow disaster management authorities throughout the world to build and provide shelters at a quick notice. These portable houses can be reused and transported easily to different sites, making them perfect for short term rehabilitation as well.
Product Design and Innovation
The solution that ModulusTech provides is different in the sense that proper houses with modern utilities can be easily assembled in as little as 3 hours, a time lower than other alternatives. The easy assembly also allows any unskilled person to assemble the houses with a Do-It-Yourself methodology. Moreover, the houses offer exceptional affordability which is complemented by their flat-packed design and quick assembly times, that helps reduce transport and labor costs, respectively.
With all the features that the design offers, the houses follow International Building Code 2015, hence, ensuring a good standard of living for the occupants. Another aspect was achieved by making the structure energy efficient in terms of electricity consumption and human thermal comfort. To make the structure energy efficient and sustainable, various passive strategies were employed in the design and construction phases. Some of which are:
- a white exterior that reflects the most heat coming from the sun
- use of insulating building materials and air spaces in walls
- window sizing for ventilation, and ample natural light during daytime
- heat resistant doors and windows
- air tight design, helps maintain indoor temperature
- Solar geometry tests, to ensure more sunlight in winters and less in summers, to achieve moderate indoor temperatures.
Moreover, the design was made keeping sustainability and the environmental impacts in mind. The materials used are recyclable and have a low carbon footprint. Special consideration has been given to the availability of materials so that there is no hindrance in scalability of this product globally and less transportation is needed to set up these structures in vulnerable locations. Therefore, the materials used are common and widely available around the world.
ModulusTech is a for-profit organization working to solve global housing problem through its one of a kind flat-pack modular home technology. The organization has identified its major revenue stream from commercial and manufacturing sector. However the idea was based on the plight of refugees and displaced people, therefore ModulusTech intends to cater this market on minimum profit margins.
The project bridges all the three opportunity areas of Peace Prosperity and Planet. It has been witnessed that the host nations where immigrants are welcomed and provided with necessities integrate in the local society better and in future turn out to be useful assets for the nations. We have few examples in Hamdi Ullukaya, Freddie Mercury and Albert Einstein. The provision of better shelters to the refugees in the host nations gives them a sense of acceptance and improves the relations and gives rise to peace between host nation and refugees as was seen in Canada recently.
The displaced population is usually worried about the basic necessities, when they are on the run. Provision of safe shelters with adequate living conditions, proper security and privacy can remove their need to worry about these matters and they can easily go out and search for jobs to play their part in the local economy as well as earn money for themselves and prosper.
As mentioned earlier, the structures have been designed keeping in mind the energy efficiency and sustainability. All the materials that are been used are environmental friendly and recyclable. The design has also been optimized to reduce wastage to minimum, to promote efficient manufacturing. Hence, we're building bridges helping the planet, as well as, peace and prosperity.
The company's official website is: www.modulus-tech.com.