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Tiny House B.E.S.D.®

Tiny House B.E.S.D.® is a versatile building organism which can be used in extreme conditions, thanks to its features and the technologies applied, both in prevention and in case of emergency.

Developed by Area Engineering S.r.l.

Tiny House B.E.S.D.® is built with a safe and reliable system, which - besides the features of mobility and self-production of energy - is able to resist to extreme weather conditions such as storms, floods and earthquakes.

TRL5. Laboratory testing of integrated system
Technology validated in relevant environment. Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components. Activities of R&D are at the TRL 3, with an advanced level of design, but there is lack of validations carried out by external laboratories or authorities. In the meanwhile, from an operational point of view, the technology is at the TRL 5, with a real unit built with a like technology (same load bearing structure).

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The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

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How does it work?

Tiny House B.E.S.D.® uses a new building technology, which allows the construction of houses with high flexibility and adaptability to extreme weather conditions. The house can be built on different supports such as piles, like stilt houses, wheels and energy sinks. All the building elements, both supporting and supported, are connected through mechanical systems, which allow a perfect collaboration. This makes the house waterproof and resistant to high stresses like earthquakes and waves. Moreover, thanks to its low needs and to the integration with technologies for the production and the management of energy, the house can be completely independent from the power grid, and provide by itself energy from renewable sources.

Limitations/conditions under which this innovation does not work or is less effective

In case of long periods with lack of sunlight, wind, water and biomasses, the system for the supply of energy from renewable sources has a limited operating time.

Added value
Compared to the other systems used in case of disasters, such as wooden houses, containers and tents, the Tiny House B.E.S.D.®, since it is a real house, offers the same feeling and, often, a better indoor comfort. Moreover, it is expandable and – for these reasons – could become a permanent solution. All the above mentioned features are important, especially from the psychological point of view because it gives back to the inhabitants that feeling typical of a house, in the true sense of the word. Added to the characteristics that made it a safe and reliable construction, the Tiny House B.E.S.D.® offers protection, adaptation and mitigation from the effects of a natural disaster.

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