Interview with Malcolm Davies (CEO)
Yardpods profile and projects!
Could you tell us a bit about your company?
Marvin Mauer an Engineer (President) and Malcolm Davies an Architect (CEO) have worked together in technology and construction-related companies for over 20 years. We believe strongly in the need to bring the construction industry into the 20th century by the use of advanced design technology, prefabrication,and the use of sustainable materials and methods. Our goal is to produce a range of buildings that can be mass customized to suit the needs of people in different parts of the world and which can be prefabricated, shipped and easily-assembled without expert construction knowledge, we use the analogy “Ikea™ for buildings.” YardPods are our first series of buildings which are designed as “detached utility structures” for use as home offices.
What is your green vision for the world?
Although there has been increased sensitivity to leading a sustainable lifestyle over the past decade, the industrialized nations have not even begun to seriously address the problems we have created, we may already be past the tipping point for global warming. Our vision is to make a tangible difference in everything that we and our company does.
What would you say are the biggest changes needed in your current field?
Education and appreciation of the problems and a coordinated strategy to change towards living within our means. Building construction is an incredibly wasteful process which can be vastly improved by the use of prefabrication of components where waste is reduced or eliminated. The technological revolution of the last few decades has passed by the construction industry which has made virtually no improvement in productivity this century.
What would the biggest challenge be in generating these changes and why?
The biggest challenge is in changing the behavior of designers, builders and owners by increasing awareness of sustainable design and construction so that we build not just for the lowest possible initial cost, but also for the lowest life cycle costs.
What project(s) are you currently working on?
We are delivering and installing YardPods in locations around the San Francisco Bay area. We are also hard at work on a new generation of YardPods, which can flat-pack and ship throughout the USA. These new designs have a unique locking system to enable non-professionals to quickly assemble the buildings at their site. We plan to launch this new range within a few months.
Could you mention a sustainable project that seems most promising for the coming years?
We are working with Healthy Building Technology Group in Napa, California to launch a revolutionary range of prefabricated homes, which we are calling “OHOMES.” These homes are highly sustainable, extremely energy-efficient, fast to build and will cost far less over their life cycle than conventional homes. We will build the first two OHOMES as Showcase units in Napa shortly.
|topic(s)||Cradle to Cradle, Local Materials, Recycled Materials, Solar Energy, Sustainable Materials|
|location||San Francisco (CA), United States|
2010 AIACC Small Projects Merit Award
|topic(s)||Electric Mobility, Solar Energy, Sustainable Materials, Zero Emission|
|location||New York City, Kittery (New York), United States|
-The tower is designed by solus4 using their SNCI principals (Sustainable Neighborhood Collaborative Initiative). -The distinctive shape of this tower comes from its innovative s...
|topic(s)||Local Materials, Passive Building, Water Recycling|
|location||Las Vegas, United States|
|topic(s)||Cradle to Cradle, Solar Energy, Sustainable Materials, Water Recycling, Wind Energy|
|designer||DeltaSync, DWA, Edifico en Roseliek van der Velden|
|location||Amsterdam, Oost-Watergraafsmeer, Netherlands|
|topic(s)||Energy Positive, Green Roof, Passive Building, Solar Energy, Zero Emission|
|designer||Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences|
– The house produces more energy then needed. – Photovoltaic solar panels. – Highly efficiency heating and cooling system. – Passive cooling and heating – Natural ven...
|topic(s)||Energy Positive, Solar Energy|
|designer||Technische Universitat Darmstadt|
|client||U.S. Department of Energy|
- 40 rooftop solar panels, 250 thin-film CIGS panels on the exterior, and an 11.1kW solar photovoltaic system - custom-made vacuum insulation structural panels - 1th place of the...
|topic(s)||Green Roof, Local Materials, Solar Energy, Sustainable Materials, Water Recycling|
|location||Laka by Pszczyna (Silesia), Poland|
GREEN FEATURES: > Building structure - compact layout - optimised percentage outer surface / cubature and optimised orientation towards the sun > Building materials - natural ...
|topic(s)||Passive Building, Sustainable Materials|
|location||Seattle, United States|
The Backyard house incorporates common sense and affordable, sustainable materials and methods. The structure itself employs advanced framing to reduce wood usage by +/- 30% in com...
|topic(s)||Cradle to Cradle, Green Roof, Sustainable Materials|
|location||RENNES (FRANCE), France|
The project is detailed like this : 239 flats: 201 for students and 38 flats for social accession. At the entrance of Rennes city, the project works like a door, showing that we...
|topic(s)||Electric Mobility, Passive Building, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Zero Emission|
2010 Winner - Conran Design Award 2010 Winner - Pilkington Design Award - Best use of Glazing Finalist 2010 Interior Motives Design Award - Best Use of Technology & Best Eco Desi...
|topic(s)||Geothermal Energy, Green Roof, Solar Energy, Water Recycling|
|designer||Crepain Binst Architecture NV in collaboration with VK Engineering|
|location||Noordlaan 9, Torhout (Torhout), Belgium|
Diverse eco-innovative techniques such as a technical front wall with integrated photovoltaic panels, a borehole energy storage field (BEO field) and core concrete activation (BKA)...
|topic(s)||Solar Energy, Zero Emission|
|designer||Nothing Design Group|
|location||Angkor Wat, Cambodia|
– Zero CO2 emission – In comparison to typical streetlamps that use 150W incandescent bulbs, the contributed solar-powered streetlights lower the CO2 emissions to 240kg, the...
|topic(s)||Recycled Materials, Solar Energy, Water Recycling|
|location||Monte Rosa, Switzerland|
September 2008, the project has received the ‘Holcim Awards Bronze 2008 Europe’ of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. So it is qualified for the global competi...
|topic(s)||Electric Mobility, Hybrid Energy|
|location||London Heathrow (LHR) airport, London, United Kingdom|
- 100% electronically powered - low energy usage of 0.15Kw h/vehicle km at 25mph - 50% more energy-efficient than buses or trains - 70% more energy-efficient than private cars (...
|type||Ships & boats|
|location||la Louvière, Belgium|
– Physalia is a vessel, 100% self sufficient in energy, whose bionic structure is inspired from the Greek word 'water bubble'. – Its architecture with carbon zero emission ...