In the video above, Dr. Mike Page of the University of Hertfordshire gives a tour of The Cube, a 3x3x3-meter dwelling designed with sustainable living in mind. Outfitted with solar panels, The Cube is meant to “generate at least as much energy as it uses” over the course of a given year while providing its inhabitants with the conveniences they expect of modern living, albeit within a somewhat cozy space.
Constructed from a variety of sustainable materials, the Cube provides everything that a single person (or two friendly people) might need. Within its 27 cubic metres it includes a lounge, with a table and two custom-made chairs, a small double bed (120cm wide), a full-size shower, a kitchen (with energy-efficient fridge, induction hob, re-circulating cooker hood, sink/drainer, combination microwave oven and storage cupboards), a washing machine, and a composting toilet. Lighting is achieved by ultra-efficient LED lights, and the Cube is heated using an Ecodan air-source heat pump, with heat being recovered from extracted air. It has cork flooring and there is two-metre head height throughout.
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