Future Haus – Transforming Housing

Future Haus Transforming Housing

Wheeler: We think we have found a solution for building houses that is going to transform the industry.

Smart phones, smart cars, smart appliances and now, smart houses, and a smart way to build them. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Wheeler: You can use this process of building to make low cost housing fast.

Joseph Wheeler is the co-director of the Center for Design Research at Virginia Tech.

Wheeler: With conventional construction, you build the house with your wood studs and then once the house is closed in, then all of your trades people come in – the plumbers, the electricians, the carpenters. They basically install everything in the house. That is building a house from the outside in. We’re proposing building a house from the inside out, to where you cast the slab and you come in and you set your kitchen in to place; you set your bathrooms in place; you set your exterior load bearing walls in place – that all have the integrated plumbing and the integrated electrical. Then you build the rest of the house around it.

Wheeler’s project is called Future Haus and it comes in prefabricated modules or cartridges that are ready to install.

Wheeler: The complex plumbing is already in place in the cartridge, definitely the complex electronics. You don’t necessarily need to train people to assemble these houses, because it’s much simpler than building a house from the ground up. In talking with the home building industry, there’s a severe shortage of tradespeople. And what they like about this concept is they can can get the skilled tradesmen in the factory as opposed to sending them out to every individual house that’s being built out in the countryside.
We’re not trying to make something expensive. We’re trying to just take technology and use it in the best way possible to make a house of the future that people are comfortable living in.

We’ll hear more about Future Haus in upcoming programs. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Future Haus - Transforming Housing

Building a house from the inside out.
Air Date:04/25/2017
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Future Haus Transforming Housing

Wheeler: We think we have found a solution for building houses that is going to transform the industry.

Smart phones, smart cars, smart appliances and now, smart houses, and a smart way to build them. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Wheeler: You can use this process of building to make low cost housing fast.

Joseph Wheeler is the co-director of the Center for Design Research at Virginia Tech.

Wheeler: With conventional construction, you build the house with your wood studs and then once the house is closed in, then all of your trades people come in - the plumbers, the electricians, the carpenters. They basically install everything in the house. That is building a house from the outside in. We're proposing building a house from the inside out, to where you cast the slab and you come in and you set your kitchen in to place; you set your bathrooms in place; you set your exterior load bearing walls in place - that all have the integrated plumbing and the integrated electrical. Then you build the rest of the house around it.

Wheeler's project is called Future Haus and it comes in prefabricated modules or cartridges that are ready to install.

Wheeler: The complex plumbing is already in place in the cartridge, definitely the complex electronics. You don't necessarily need to train people to assemble these houses, because it's much simpler than building a house from the ground up. In talking with the home building industry, there's a severe shortage of tradespeople. And what they like about this concept is they can can get the skilled tradesmen in the factory as opposed to sending them out to every individual house that's being built out in the countryside.
We're not trying to make something expensive. We're trying to just take technology and use it in the best way possible to make a house of the future that people are comfortable living in.

We'll hear more about Future Haus in upcoming programs. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.