But with Superpod®, you can achieve year round draft-free comfort, with much lower power bills. Or go off the grid, if you like.
Don’t be fooled, though. Superpod’s quality and durability is not comparable with cheaper forms of construction. Triple glazed windows are just the start – the quality and toughness of these windows is incredible. Super insulation, and careful construction details are part of the Superpod® package.
And every Superpod® building is customised for your site, your climate, and your orientation. Otherwise how can the Passivhaus performance be optimised?
If you want the best for the climate as well as yourself, it’s worth giving us a look.
If you want real quality with low power bills, then a Passivhaus by Superpod® is for you.
Let us know where you would like to put your Superpod® small home…
Here’s a little more information on what we offer with our Superpod® modular pods.
Why triple glazed windows?
It’s true, you can achieve the Passivhaus Standard in some buildings in some climates with double glazed windows. (Don’t even talk to us about single glazing for a passivhaus!!!). But unless you are in a really mild climate, you are unlikely to achieve a truly comfortable and energy-efficient small building with double glazed windows. What’s more, many international window manufacturers charge more for double glazing, because triple glazed is standard for their customer-base these days.
So why pay for more and get less?
The fact is, the smaller your building, the more vulnerable it is to external climate extremes. So it’s important to keep our windows as robust and protective as possible in our small homes and extensions.
Why use a steel frame?
The Superpod® system uses a steel frame. We don’t have to, but we do it for a few reasons. When it comes to small homes and modular builds, we are needing something that will transport well. We also have an eye to termite-prone areas, and bushfire zones. Oh, and cyclonic areas, and even earthquake prone zones.
Some people suggest that steel is not sustainable. We always need to be wary of such blanket statements, and check the credentials and interests of those who make them.
We have posted before on some of the sustainability benefits of steel. But it’s important to note that you should compare a whole building envelope, or a whole wall system, rather than comparing just one component or material with another.
For example, if you are voting for cross laminated timber (CLT) in a wall, you need to calculate exactly how much of that product you need for a wall, plus insulation, plus a waterproof shell, plus an airtight layer, (depending on the tightness of your wall materials), plus plaster lining, if any, plus paint, etc.
Our Superpod® wall system is extremely lean. We don’t tend to use concrete in our walls, but nor do we use any thick massed product, other than insulation. The volume of steel in our buildings is just a fraction of the amount of timber you might use in other projects, particularly CLT projects.
Having said that, if someone would like a super-transportable Superpod® using a strong timber frame, we can certainly oblige!!!