Selficient develops sustainable houses that are available to everyone. We accomplish this by using a new construction method and (re)using sustainable materials. Traditional materials like concrete and brick are replaced by standardized and prefab elements, which we use to create many types and shapes of houses. We build in a sustainable way, but this doesn’t overthrow the resident’s comfort. Due to the use of solar panels, smart batteries, heat pumps with floor heating and good insulated homes, our houses are highly self-sufficient. We wisely use the sun’s energy and warmth and minimize the use of other energy forms. Our concept is simple: a circular, modular and self-sufficient home that is available to everyone.
Since August 29, 2018, Selficient B.V has become the commercial continuation of the eponymous student project of the University of applied sciences Utrecht, that participated in the Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, USA. The Selficient house won the prestigious Public’s choice award and prizes for market potential (2nd place), water management (3rd place) and architecture (4th place).
The Selficient house has happily been of many people’s interest over the last few years. In 2018, the tenth Day of Durability was opened at the Selficient house by Marjan Minnesma, director of Urgenda, and Lot van Hooijdonk, councillor of the municipality of Utrecht. In 2019, Renault Life and Nemo Kennislink published items on Selficient. Robin Stuiver and Thijs Morel were elected as one of the most sustainable youngsters of 2019 and the Selficient house has been included in the yearly Sustainable Tuesday case for the Dutch government.
Selficient develops sustainable houses for the Dutch housing market. Our houses are intended for anyone who wants to live in a sustainable, energy-neutral and comfortable way and who have changing housing preferences. As opposed to traditional construction, with our construction method houses can constantly mould to the specific housing requirements of the residents. Whether it concerns family expansion or reduction or simply wanting to live bigger or smaller, instead of having to move houses to meet your needs the house is able to adapt to your needs. With our construction method we want to limit the negative environmental impact of living. As far as we are concerned, the resident is central to sustainable, technological developments and they must be made customized available to a large audience. That is why we develop a modular, circular and self-sufficient house, with a great emphasis on life phase resistance and adaptability. We make sustainable, adjustable and life phase resistant living available to everyone.
It is unclear what the future of the built environment will bring us, but it is inevitable that we have to tackle the housing challenge together. We are standing in front of a large-scale and sustainable renovation demand and the scaling up of new construction projects. We see the future as an integral and intensive cooperation with construction and development partners as well as with residents. It responds to the constant ever-changing and strenuous wishes of the residents. Circular, futureproof and life phase resistant construction will become a rule in which reuse and adjustability are key. In addition, the use of sustainable energy is unavoidable. We develop houses that constantly mould to the ever-changing built environment, ever-changing housing preferences of residents and the newest innovations. Problems such as renovations, housing shortages and moving houses due to the current home can be put in the past, since modular and life phase resistant circularity becomes the new building standard, partly because of our effort.
The present way of construction and the associated large-scale environmental impact have inspired me to start the Selficient initiative. I would like to contribute to increasing sustainability in and improving the built environment.
I focus on the issue of making energy, buildings and installations more sustainable. With Selficient I want to bring sustainability together in the design, in order to develop sustainable houses with optimal comfort.
As head of the cleaning, market and port service staff department of the municipality of Utrecht, early 1990, my environmental awareness was created and fuelled. I want to continue this with Selficient by making living more sustainable.
In our construction method we use standard measurements and corresponding elements and modules with that dimensioning. These elements and modules are the building components for the house and are used for multiplication for different shapes and formats of the house. The components have been designed to be interchangeable with each other and with new components. Construction and maintenance of the house and its systems is therefore child’s play. Just as simple as playing with Lego blocks.
The Selficient house uses circular and sustainable materials. We take into account minimalizing the footprint of the house. The house’s components are interchangeable and can be used for the construction of another Selficient house, if it loses its function in the existing house. If a component is at the end of its lifespan then it will be deconstructed and reused or recycled, unless this is not possible. Once a Selficient house loses its function it can be deconstructed without demolition, so that it can be rebuilt with the same elements and given a new location.
By optimizing the system integration with solar panels, a battery, heat pump, ventilation system and other electrical components and by making good use of the heat and solar energy in the house, on one hand we limit the energy consumption and on the other hand we maximize the amount of natural energy. We use existing products and techniques to realize the energy management of the house. As a result, we can create many different combinations of comfortable and energy efficient houses that can be maintained easily, if necessary.
A Selficient house is ready for the future; it is fully equipped with everything one would need to live there for a lifetime. The house meets the newest building codes and it has sustainable energy systems that create long-lasting comfort with a user-friendly and smart home application system. If changes are necessary, then these can be realized quickly due to the modular design. If you would like to increase your living space, or if you even would like to downsize it, the house of the future has been designed to be able to meet all wishes.
Life phase resistant
Due to the construction method and design, the Selficient house makes it possible to constantly grow or decrease along with the resident’s housing preferences. Growth is accomplished by expanding the ground floor of a basic module and/or by building a second floor on top. Selficient houses can also be downsized by removing a floor or by decreasing the ground floor. Therefore, young families do not have to relocate in the event of family expansion. Same goes for older families who prefer to live in a smaller living environment once the children have moved out. This can be taken into account in the building permit and construction work.
We offer a few standard models of a Selficient house, apart from tailormade designs for the customer. The standardization of our construction method makes sure that the same components can create many different variations of the Selficient house. The components can be changed according to the specific needs of the resident. Not only can we change the shape of the house, but also the layout, systems and finishing.
Short construction period
A traditional brick house takes approximately 120 days to build. This means it takes a long time before the residents can move in. Due to our use of standard and prefab construction method we can achieve more in a shorter construction time. This means you can move into your Selficient house quickly and save money on (mortgage)costs due to not owning two houses at the same time.
In comparison to a traditional house, the Selficient house has a favourable price. This is achieved through a good cooperation with our partners, the standardization in production, our use of existing products and techniques and the minor expenses that are made due to faults in the production. Cost efficiency is one of our main goals.
The elements of the building have been designed so that they are demountable and interchangeable. As a result, everything can be taken apart and put back together again, without demolishing anything. The house can then also be built at a different location. Meanwhile the prototype of the Selficient house has been built three times. Practically all materials were reused, which demonstrates our reusable character. A Selficient house is not only limited to moving in The Netherlands. You can also move abroad with a Selficient house, provided that the local permit has been authorized.