Welcome to the Cube Project website. On this site, you can find out about our low-energy microhomes, designed by Dr Mike Page at the University of Hertfordshire and built under licence by our partner Bolton Buildings.
You can find out below about QB3, our latest production model, that debuted at the Edinburgh Science Festival 2016. By choosing from the menu bar above, you can also find out about QB2, our first production model that is still available to buy.
If you wish to enquire about purchasing any of our buildings, they will be available from our partners Bolton Buildings as complete buildings at various stages of finish. Please contact Trevor at Bolton Buildings for further info.
QB3 is a development of an idea that we first explored in a building for Channel 4’s Gadget Man. Unlike QB2, QB3 is all on one level, which it makes it more suitable for those with movement difficulties. QB3 makes the most of its 18 square metres of floor area by making use of moveable walls (courtesy of our friends at Bruynzeel Storage Systems). You can see the QB3 tour video (filmed by Allan MacDonald) here
As with all the Cube Project buildings, QB3 is optimized for energy use. It uses two heat pumps (for heating and hot water – the latter a Nuos FS200 from Ariston), heat-recovery ventilation, LED lighting and TV, A++ rated appliances, triple-glazing and excellent insulation. There is also the option of a green roof, with solar photovoltaic panels, that would make QB3 energy neutral over a typical year.
Like QB2, QB3 is a post-and-beam structure developed jointly with Bolton Buildings. The outer structure can be assembled and made waterproof in around 4 hours and the whole structure (including inner and outer wall surfaces, the windows/door, the insulation, and the electrical wiring) can be completed in 3-4 days. Options exist for cladding and for fitting out and, once constructed, QB3 is easily transported by road and sited wherever a static caravan is permitted.
QB3 is an ideal living space:
- For “boomerang kids” or others seeking independent housing
- For leisure/holiday purposes, usable all year round
- For emergency accommodation, e.g. in post-disaster situations
- For construction workers or other workers in remote locations
Again, if you wish to enquire about purchasing QB3 or any of our buildings, they will be available from our partners Bolton Buildings as complete buildings at various stages. Please contact Trevor at Bolton Buildings
For those interested in the history of the moving walls idea, you can see the film of presenter, Richard Ayoade, showing comedian Jimmy Carr around the predecessor building QB-Move
We’re largely in the second half of the programme.