Karuna: compassionate action; doing or making something that alleviates suffering…”
The tiny house movement is mainly a response to the problem of affordable housing. Housing costs on Vancouver Island, like much of the rest of Canada, are now out of the price range of a growing percentage of the working population. There is a real need for affordable housing, not simply in terms of construction costs, but also in terms of reduced household consumption, lower utility bills and maintenance costs. The prospect of living small holds a promise that maybe we can achieve a degree of economic independence, a novel and desirable position in this complex and expensive world.
There is also a growing concern with sustainable living and how individuals can reduce their eco-footprint while still having the basic amenities of life. How we live, the quality of our consumption-based lives are ideas increasingly being challenged in social discourses. Reducing home-based consumption frees up personal and financial resources so that people can focus on experiences, activities, relationships and wellness.
Micro homes can humble the traditional builder; their unique engineering requirements, designs that don’t take any space for granted and the reality of the significantly smaller volume of inside air mean that clean, green building is vital. Low toxicity and balanced ventilation, while desirable for any dwelling, are absolutely essential in small, airtight homes. And airtight buildings ensure energy efficiency, moisture protection and high quality indoor air.
KMH takes healthy homes seriously. By using non-toxic, low or zero VOC materials, natural insulation, intelligent vapour membranes, heat recovery ventilators and science-based smart wall construction methods, our homes surpass the standards of most built today.