1. Tiny Home previously displayed at Kompleks Kraf KL, Jalan Conlay

1. Tiny Home previously displayed at Kompleks Kraf KL, Jalan Conlay

As someone who may never be able to afford a conventional house, I have been checking out alternatives, such as prefabricated houses, container cabins and tiny homes such as those made by Ana White and her husband.

2. small cosy functional cabinet inside Tiny Home

2. small cosy functional cabinet inside Tiny Home

3. the cosy interior of Tiny Home

3. the cosy interior of Tiny Home

Last week, when I was in Kuala Lumpur, it so happened that The GreenMan Tiny Home was on display at Kompleks Kraf Kuala Lumpur along Jalan Conlay.

You can imagine my excitement not only to see that a tiny home is actually viable, but to realise that this Tiny Home is Malaysia’s first ever extreme zero energy, completely off-grid, carbon neutral and affordable house.

4. Tiny Home's natural light source and air vent

4. Tiny Home’s natural light source and air vent

5. the Ecoloo installed inside Tiny Home

5. the Ecoloo installed inside Tiny Home

This prototype of The GreenMan Tiny Home is only the size of a parking bay but it generates its own electricity, harvests rainwater for its occupants and even recycles its own wastes.

Long story short, the Tiny Home is fully functional on its own and doesn’t need external power supply, water source or sewage treatment.

6. rainwater harvesting mechanism at Tiny Home

6. rainwater harvesting mechanism at Tiny Home

7. visitors to Tiny Home - standing far right is Adam, the person who created water harvesting for Tiny Home

7. visitors to Tiny Home – standing far right is Adam, the person who created water harvesting for Tiny Home

As though that is not impressive enough, the Tiny Home was constructed entirely on sustainable or recycled materials.

Its compact size is by design – its portability allows it to be moved to different locations, hence it is a suitable means of housing for victims of floods and other natural disasters.

8. the prototype of The GreenMan Tiny Home

8. the prototype of The GreenMan Tiny Home

The GreenMan Tiny Home is championed by sustainable advocate, Matthias Gelber, who is known internationally as ‘The Green Man’, and his team.

This Tiny Home is available for viewing at Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM), Jalan Chan Sow Lin in Kuala Lumpur. Do make a visit if you are interested to see how eco-living can be promoted.

For further information, log on to GreenMan Tiny Home.

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