4D Series, Intelligent Architecture. An innovative, ecological and efficient service to meet different housing needs

4D Series, Intelligent Architecture. An innovative, ecological and efficient service to meet different housing needs

Chile
Organization type: 
for profit
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Houses are built in a modular manner and then each owner gives a personalized imprint to the house. These houses are thermally insulated, ecologic, and easy to put up, these houses do not damage the land or the environment and have proven earthquake resistance. The stage we are in is the P2P sale to introduce the concept into the market. It is a Highly-industrialized and certified product. Stage 2 focused on the sale of “clusters’ of houses in partnerships with real estate agencies.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Families and mainly the environment are benefited by this project. It is focused on improving the families’ quality of life by emphasizing energy savings and the introduction of new green technologies in the operation of the houses. Environment is benefited in several ways: materials come from pine forests managed in the southern region of Chile; other materials applied require little maintenance and have durability over time. Space rationalization is carefully planned; there are no lost spaces or energy escaping from the interior of the house, little impact on the land and absence of rubble in the process. The situation is critical since we there is a shortage of energetic resources and a rational and respectful use of the environment is absolutely required.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Chile suffers from a problem in the energy mix which can’t cope with the domestic heating, lighting and energy needs. We have to buy energy from other countries. The expenses involved in maintaining a house in addition to the resources required to own a house are significantly increased. Moreover, Chile as many other regions in the world is a seismic country. Buildings must be prepared to successfully resist earthquake movements. Our houses are thermally insulated and allow savings of up to 7 times in heating and air conditioning; since houses are thermally sealed they allow the incorporation of automation and other sustainable technologies. Houses are light thus making them easy to move, by applying transport, collection and assembling resources in a rational manner. Houses are earthquake resistant and have successfully endured the last 8,8º Richter seism suffered by Chile in February 2010. Houses are built in a modular manner and then each owner gives a personalized imprint to the house. The most important advantages of applying this building method lay on the simplicity of the process, the proven earthquake resistance, its friendliness and ecologic building features. This implies that construction times are shorter and more controlled compared with traditional building methods. An example of this is a 100 square meters house which only takes 10 days to carry out the rough work and 8 weeks in the field to turnkey delivery. This kind of modular building is the result of an extensive market and sustainable technologies research.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

When we started to develop the idea of a paradigmatic change in terms of housing, associated to an architectonic form and its development, we uploaded it to the Internet to find out the reaction of people within the social networks. We created a blog, and at present we have our website web www.4dseries.cl. People’s comments have always been useful to improve the product and to become conscious it was required. In March 2010, after the earthquake, first sales took place and we have sold USD 200.000 up to the present. Another interesting detail is that since we entered into the market, this product generated the news and we have been mentioned in several national media.
About You
Organization:
4D Series
About You
First Name

carolina

Last Name

hiriart

About Your Organization
Organization Name

4D Series

Organization Phone

(56) (09) 9-1333005

Organization Address

Av. Manquehue Norte 151 of. 309, Las Condes, Santiago

Organization Country

, RM

Country where this project is creating social impact

, RM

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Innovation
What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

The team is formed by an architect and an industrial designer. We realized that the equation architecture + speed + money vs. the prefabricated houses and the associated quality supply are not solved in the market. If we add the environmental problem to this fact: the problem to provide heating and cooling to spaces used by man, the planet's high demand in terms of generation of resources to build and the damage generated to the land, we realized that we had the opportunity to solve the problem. The idea, also, is to be able to improve the supply and to expand it in order to reach lower income social sectors and thus improve the quality of life of people who in general get very little in exchange for their money. The aim is to be able to change the current housing paradigm, by mixing industrialization with personalization in order to contribute with the population quality of life in line with the protection and rational use of natural resources.

Social Impact
How many people have been impacted by your project?

Fewer than 100

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

1001‐10,000

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Barriers that might hinder the success of the project are few since it’s unavoidable to solve the housing problems of families' houses jointly with the protection and respect for the environment. The need of living space, efficient in terms of resources protection is something increasingly important, due to high energy costs and the huge planetary cost of providing supplies to million of people worldwide. This equation has to be at a market price which enables having access to the product and improving the company. A manageable barrier may be the lack of financing in any juncture of the company. We have applied to Corfo’s seed capital (USD 80.000), a grant addressed to innovative companies with high growth potential. In addition to investors.

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

The project will focus on selling “clusters” of houses to achieve scalability in the upcoming three years. Our goal is to reach the social housing sector in order to expand the project and benefit more individuals with our product. The third year the goal is to start exporting the houses, which can be transported by truck or vessel, As a franchise and export know how. In order to reach the 30% annual growth goal, it is necessary to take in investors, who contribute with capital and experience and thus help us to become the intelligent architecture company we intend to be. We will develop strategic partnerships in terms of technology and innovation in order to expand the supply and improve the product. Creation of a database

Sustainability
For each selection, please explain the financial and non-financial support from each

Our clients finance the product that directly benefits them and the environment. When closing a deal, a contract and a Gantt chart are signed. Sales must generate a money flow that allows growth by reaching more people and continuing with the innovation and development. In the medium term, the P2P growth schedule, since it has to be focused on the sale of clusters of houses, in partnerships with real estate agencies. In the long term, the aim is to export and become into the real estate agent. Others refer to investors who contribute with capital and know how. Octantis the business promotion company provides support to us, within the national dynamic undertaking context. They help us to develop and project the business; it introduced us to undertakings, investors’ networks, and other relevant actors in the market. Undertakings networks, business women networks, in general networks provide a space where you can interact, get to know other entrepreneurs who are innovating and start new conversations, get to know people who contribute with their knowledge and in this manner the project, the company and people involved (families, environment, entrepreneurs, the country, the planet) are benefited. National Government, we were awarded a seed capital L1 USD 10.000 to discover the business, now we step into an acceleration stage, we are applying with good possibilities to L2 de Corfo USD 100.000 (a funding granted by the Chilean government to dynamic undertakings).

How do you plan to grow and/or diversify your base of support in the next three years?

The growth strategy is designed to change from P2P to B2B, that is to say, expand the unit of sale to clusters of sale (5 to 10 houses each cluster). In this manner, sales would not be one to one any more, but set of houses. Our aim is to enter into agreements with government institutions which enable us to expand the product and all the related innovations. The non financial support will be expanded by carrying our seminars addressed to university and college students in order to create awareness on the paradigmatic change which must occur in terms of planning and solving the housing needs in the world. We will take action in order to become a member of the Chilean Building Chamber, Architecture Association, business networks such as Icare and similar ones. Get to know agents abroad which allow us learning about the global real estate market, investors and international support networks.

Collaboration
Please select your areas of intervention in the home improvement market

Design, Technology, Green housing.

Is your innovation addressing barriers in the home improvement/progressive housing market? If so, please describe in detail your mechanisms of intervention

Our product is designed from the scaling. It is part of the industrial design of the houses. There are two coordinates that we take into account when thinking and designing the progressive scaling. One, from the industrial point of view, we grow in 122 x 244 cm modules. We divide the house in pre defined spaces which can be combined with each other. Example living room-dinning room-bedroom-bathrooms and this may be customized to the extent of the combinations. The other, the time that a family lives in a house and the changes experienced throughout the growth of the family, and then the change in the age of the inhabitants and consequently the change of tastes, needs and interests. For example, a house can start with a newly marriage program where only a living room, integrated kitchen and dinning room, bedroom and a bath are required to be then expanded with a bedroom module when the first son arrives; and then when there are more members in the family and space needs and use become more sophisticated o require more space, the modules designed in the original program are added and the peak use house has three bedrooms for children, a main bedroom with integrated toilet, bathroom for children, service room and bathroom, a guests toilet, a large living room, kitchen, and other accessories that can be implemented such as a deck, porch and shades, etc.

Are you currently collaborating with private companies, or have you partnered with private companies in the past? With which companies?

We are analyzing a development agreement jointly with a Chilean company that develops engineering solutions for housing sanitary installations, drinkable water and electricity. Company called Ardico limited.

Please describe in detail the nature of the partnership(s)

Ardico provides us with industrialized panels including sewerage system, water and electricity. They provide industrialized guaranteed solutions which save time and post sale services. In turn, 4D Series develops mass housing facilities taking into account the solutions module previously mentioned. The idea is to develop the project in the short term, mainly to reach the post-earthquake disaster area (Feb 27th 2010) where housing problems have not been solved yet.

Select the unit(s) with which the partnership was formed

R&D department.