Authentic Empowering Design of Sustainable Infrastructure (AEDoSI)
AEDoSI comprises bio-engineering design principles whose purpose is to meet authentic human needs. Authenticity means living in ways that reflect each individual's moral and material responsibility for their own actions and collective responsibility for all the consequences of those actions, for ourselves, for the ecosystems on which we depend, and for our heirs on this planet.
The AEDoSI principles form the basis of an integrated approach to designing multifunction eco-dwellings:
- whose rental income becomes the source of investment in sustainable local economies (localisation)
- that meet human needs for personal autonomy, meaningful relationships, satisfying jobs, and social recognition.
Localisation will stimulate participation in decisionmaking at neighbourhood, community and wider levels as people better understand how those decisions relate to their personal circumstances, over which they will wish to retain control.
The AEDoSI design principles allow the reconceptualization of homes as socially owned, inexpensive, easily moveable chattels:
- each home will be constructed and fully fitted out in the factory, then floor, roof and walls are folded or slotted (depending on the particular house design) round a central module for transport on a flatbed truck with a hi-ab crane to a prepared site, then swiftly unfolded ready to be occupied
- the central module comprises the fully equipped kitchen, laundry, toilet and all the plumbing and electrical wiring
- panels are timber framed and marine plywood skinned, with roof and outside walls insulated with fireproof phenolic closed cell foam
- wooden framed, double glazed, leak-proof windows
- panels interlocked in three dimensions can withstand extreme stress.
Sustainability- Reducing the carbon footprint/greenhouse gas signature
- Reducing demand - electrical load reduction
- Solar hot water
- Mechanical heat recovery ventilation with a roof-mounted wind cowl.
- Horizontal fridge
- Induction cooking
- Thermal load reduction
- Super insulation- double sided12mm plywood panels enclosing 90mm of closed cell, fireproof, phenolic foam
- Hermetical sealing dramatically reduces heat loss through infiltration
- Waste disposal
- Through the localisation of much of the food chain, acting individually or co-operatively, integrating the production, consumption and recycling of food
- Rain water collection
- Composting toilet
- Grey water recycling and disposal system
- Electricity generation
- Affordable solar panels are reaching 16% efficiency
- Roofing materials and roof paint that generate solar electricity are being developed
- Wind turbines