Nowadays, according to multiple sources such as DFD, MIT or Catella, thanks to modern design and the development of material sciences, there is a growing market for low-priced, high-quality houses.
We decided that we could contribute to this movement with our experience in architectural design and make socially responsible businesses. Our first step was to register the ‘Modular building’ industrial design granted by the Polish Patent Office. This was the beginning of our journey.
2010 - industrial design registration
The most important patent goals:
- THE LOWEST SURFACE AND CAPACITY,
- PLACING ELEMENTS ON 20 FT,
- CONTAINER SPACE,
Developed on the basis of the Regulation of the Minister of Infrastructure of 12 April 2002 (Journal of Laws No.75, item 690) establishing technical conditions which should be fulfilled by buildings and their location and the act of 20 February 2015 amending the Act on Construction Law. The volume of the house is consistent with the regulations concerning premises in the light of the Act on Proprietorship of Premises as well as the Tenant Protection Act and the Housing Co-operatives Act.
2011- 2012 - PROTOTYPE
Our Prototype of SOLACE house enabled us to validate our product theses:
- Prefabricated elements,
- Combining elements based on innovative use of Allen screws,
- Excellent thermal insulation properties achieved by combining the elements in a very precise way,
- Foundations are separated from the building by a steel frame which prevents the building from being cooled by the ground,
- Excellent properties of thermal insulation of the walls,
- Built in only 8 hours,
- Transported to the construction site in a single delivery,
- An effective way of using the space inside the building ( bathroom, kitchen, living room).
2013 - First commercial building
During this phase, the idea of reducing house costs was born. We achieved it through the prefabrication of the basic elements of the house.
The solution enabled us to pack all the house elements inside a 20 ft container space:
- walls, floor and roof panels,
- all building elements,
- technical equipment,
- kitchen and bathroom equipment,
- all flat pack furniture.
This idea reduced the final price of the house. It inspired us to make SOLACE a truly energy-efficient or even energy-plus house. There is a place for the assembly of 24 photovoltaic cells in the 20 ft container space
2014-2015 - TESTING AND DESIGN IMPROOVEMENTS
During this period we were mainly focused on the testing of the parameters of our product.
- 15kWh/meter requirements for energy,
- the durability and efficiency of installations,
- the durability of materials and construction, / we chose wood as our material as it stores CO2 and is 80 % recyclable in the construction area/.
User testing also showed us the need to organize a space for an independent bedroom and a storage space for technical equipment such as ventilation and air conditioning controls, hot water tank, water meter or PV installation.
2016 - NEW DESIGN OF SOLACE HOUSE
This allowed us to design the new SOLACE model whose structure is equipped with a set of 24 photovoltaic cells placed on a tilted roof. Tilting the roof at an angle of 32 degrees enabled us to arrange a mezzanine (plus a dedicated technical room) with a total area of 14,2 m2 in the attic.
Previous project features:
- The lowest surface and capacity,
- Placing elements within a 20 ft space,
- Container space,
Features added to the new design:
- Self-Assembly (Flat-Pack),
- Air Gas Insulation (AGI),
- PV / Solar Panels,
- Larger living space,