The AbleNook is a deployable prefab modular dwelling unit designed for use in disaster relief scenarios. The designers have recently completed the working prototype. The emergency dwelling can be assembled in two hours without tools or skilled labourers. It’s foundation system allows it to be constructed on a variety of terrain.
The AbleNook is a modular design, allowing the unit to be expanded as necessary, and can be used for more than just housing (for example, a temporary classroom, or offices). The design team behind the AbleNook are currently asking for support via Kickstarter to help fund the next stage of development.
The designers behind the unit are Sean Verdecia and Jason Ross. They started the project while they were attending the University of South Florida, and a summer-long of independent study helped to turn the project from a concept to a real-world solution.
The modular design is based on universal aluminium Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) and extruded aluminium members that clip the different aspects of the unit together without the need for any tools. The arched roof is integrated with solar panels to generate all the electricity required, and the adjustable leg jacks allow the unit to be assembled on a variety of terrain.
The design team recently completed their first working prototype, but now they need to raise funds for the next stage of development. For this they need $60,000 which will allow them to build the molds and tools necessary to fabricate the AbleNook, and build larger dwellings. Sean and Ross expect to have completed several units and have them up for sale by the end of 2013.