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Modular homes are the future of housing

Care Balleras



CUBO modular houses range from P89,000 to P499,000. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF FB/CUBOMODULAR

Sustainable living is the goal especially in this pandemic. This mind-shift has now extended to housing as seen in the rise of modular homes.

Filipino startup company CUBO Modular has been catching the attention of home buyers these days because of its compact houses that are mostly made from bamboo. These can be built in a span of four hours and may cost from P89,000 to P499,000.

Currently, the company has three model units named Batanes, Bulacan and Saranggani.

Sustainable design
CUBO Modular’s houses are sustainable for many reasons. First, bamboo makes the units affordable. Bamboo is treated and laminated to make its lifecycle 10 times longer than usual.

Its tilted roofs can capture rainwater for recycling and for reducing heat. Each unit has stilts that are elevated to prevent floodwaters from entering the structure.

Since its sizes range from 6.5 to 29-square-meters, more space for greeneries can be arranged outside the structure. It will also allow a small space to fit more houses without being congested.

Sense of community
More than its practicality and environmental soundness, CUBOs Modular homes also foster a sense of community.

Founder Earl Patrick Forlales crafted the designs in a way that the structures can be connected to other units, so dwellers can take advantage of communal kitchens, bathrooms and co-working spaces.

This is why CUBO was selected by non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity to be a partner in its initiative called ShelterTech, which is a platform to improve the living spaces of low-income families.

The units suit low-income families, which fulfills Forlales’ vision to solve the problem among underprivileged dwellers in Metro Manila.

CUBO Modular’s concept has been getting notice on social media for its simple yet sustainable structure. This is the future of housing.