Imagine a country dotted with hobbit-like, eye-pleasing pods that people live, work, and play in. That’s the vision of PassivPod, a small enterprise which seeks to mitigate carbon emissions, benefit people’s health and ease the housing crisis’ burden with their design.
The Passiv Pod is the brainchild of Mark Pellant and his team, Koru Architects. Pellant came together with business consultant, Clive Bonny in 2016, and the pair are now offering public equity investors shares to accelerate business growth with profit-sharing.
Construction in the UK is responsible for 40% of the country’s CO2 emissions and 59% of waste. In comparison, the Passiv Pod is zero carbon. Prefabricated and put up on-site, the PassivPod causes absolutely none of the usual building disruption.
Solar panels, intelligent use of large windows for natural light, and quality insulation make the pods completely sustainable. And they look good too. The design is registered, which means you won’t get anything else like this for at least 25 years.
The pods were originally designed as an ecological holiday option for the Sunday Times and British Homes EcoHaus competition. But they have a far wider application than that.
With barely any changes made to the original design, the Passiv Pod can be used for schools, housing and eco offices, to mention just a few of its uses. But it’s the garden office sector that’s really booming right now.
What makes the Passiv Pod a good option for a garden office? “It’s all about bringing nature into the home,” says commercial director, Clive Bonny. The pods are biophilic, meaning they are designed with their natural surroundings in mind. “Natural materials with no chemicals improve health and wellbeing,” says Bonny.
It’s true that carbon dioxide builds up in large buildings with ventilation systems installed such as communal offices. Research shows that this has a negative impact on cognitive performance.
That’s just one of the things the Passiv Pod improves. Air flows more easily in an elliptical-shaped building than it does in a typical square box. That’s not to mention the psychological effects that come from being in a building that blends into nature rather than one that seems to fight it.
The pods are carbon neutral with cross laminated timber from sustainable sources, fitted together for strength and resilience. “Timber is a living, breathing structure,” says Bonny. “It absorbs carbon dioxide and emits oxygen”.
So not only does it look beautiful, the Passiv Pod actually helps you to breathe.
Even looking at pictures of them on a screen induces a calming effect. There’s something about their sweeping edges, their large, glass panels, and their beehive-like structure that seems to sooth the soul and make the breath more fluid. It’s hard not to want one!
Now could be the time to ask some searching questions. Is now the time to consider making changes to your working environment? The designers think so.
“One of the lessons we’ve learned from the 2020 pandemic is that we don’t all have to spend valuable money and energy commuting to the office every day,” says Bonny. In fact, companies are reporting that their employees have been more constructive since they started working from home.
Working from home is here to stay. While setting up a makeshift office at the kitchen table may have worked through lockdown, it’s unlikely to be a sustainable option. If you’re in the market for a sustainable garden office, the Passiv Pod could be just what you’ve been looking for.
Industry experts say so too with the 2020 Awards for Best Sustainable Modular Building and Most Eco-Friendly Innovative Building Design.
For more information on biophilic home garden offices or investment opportunities
Contact Clive Bonny, Strategic Management Partners Clive@consult-smp.com