What is the life cycle of a PopUp House?

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The PopUp House concept is environmentally friendly throughout its entire life cycle.

Materials and transportation

Timber: wood is the only material that absorbs more CO2 than it emits. This material is durable and renewable.

EPS : the EPS is a great example of an efficient use of natural resources, since it has a very low input of raw material (98% of air). The production process is also energy and water-efficient and produces little waste.
EPS is locally produced, and is very light, thus its transportation consumes little energy.

Building construction

Construction is quick and energy-efficient. Materials are light which means there is no need for heavy machines on the construction site.

Construction work for a PopUp House construction is 77% less impactful than traditional construction work, including workers transportation to the building site (according to our research department).
In addition, the construction produces little waste and the waste in which it does produce can be reused or recycled.

Building life

The building consumes little primary energy energy consumption is reduced by up to 90% compared to a traditional house, due to the 30 cm wide insulating blocks
The limited use of heating reduces the emission of CO2.
In addition, a passive house is a cozy environment to live in since the temperature inside does not vary.

Disassembling the building

Disassembling a PopUp House is a simple procedure, done by carrying out all assembly steps in the reverse order. All original materials are then separately recovered, thus, it is possible to either:

  • reuse the materials for a new construction,
  • or recycle the materials

Recycling of materials

Wood is obviously recyclable: by crushing it into chips, it can be reused (for example, in chipboard).
Recycling of EPS (expanded polystyrene) is less familiar to the general public. Yet, recycling procedures exist today (the recycled EPS is used mainly for packaging materials).

There are two options for this:

  • crushing EPS into smaller pieces and re-injecting it directly as part of the production of new blocks
  • pumping the melted and recycled EPS into plastic parts
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