There’s also a WikiHouse Slack community, where you can connect with other teams that are developing, testing or using WikiHouse technology. All are welcome. The only thing contributors have in common is a shared ambition to test and improve our shared technology, so together we can put the tools to build low-cost, high-performance, sustainable homes into the hands of everyone. Join here.
In future, we aim to develop a distributed supply chain of WikiHouse suppliers, providing a range of services including design, structural engineering, CNC manufacturing, siteworks (including installation of foundations), construction management and assembly. These companies will have a non-exclusive right to provide WikiHouse Approved products and services, and will receive orders / customers from WikiHouse.cc.
If you are interested in becoming a WikiHouse Supplier, you can register your interest here.
These are the top project R&D challenges. If you think you can contribute to tackling them, please join the community or get in touch with us.
1. Structural testing If you are a structural engineer willing to contribute your time to structural analysis, or with the ability to carry out and document small or large scale structural tests, please get in touch.
2. Other testing If you have expertise or facilities to carry out fire, thermal or airtightness tests on WikiHouse structures and components using a range of panel products, with methodologies and results documented and shared in a scientific manner, we’d love to hear from you.
3. No scaffolding Developing a safe, economical assembly procedure that allows all or most WikiHouse assemblies to use only platforms or lifts, rather than scaffolding, which adds delay to projects.
4. ‘Plug and play’ services We are looking for cost-effective solutions that make it fast, easy and safe to fit services (electrical, water, ventilation) into buildings, and allow monitoring and easy maintenance during life. We are especially interested in companies doing this in the UK.
5. Create a global map or library of WikiHouse projects There is currently no complete historical record of all the prototypes and building projects that have used WikiHouse or sub-variants around the world. This challenge would require a researcher interested in tracking back, through data, interviews and interactive tools to try to find them.