Frequently asked Questions
1. What is habi-nex?
Habi-nex is a social enterprise that was founded with the objective to provide affordable, innovative housing, primarily to the tiny house (50 m2 or less) market. The profits from these commercial activities are then used to support our social/humanitarian mission of providing dignified housing to disadvantaged communities throughout the world.
2. What is habi-nex and what are the advantages of habi-nex housing?
In general, habi-nex housing is a modular system that has two components: The habi-nex hub (50 m2) and the habi-nex linq (25 m2).
A habi-nex house is no larger than 50 m2 with a veranda and two bedrooms (click here for a floor plans and views). However, each habi-nex house can be easily adapted to your preferences, even if these might change in the future. The modular habi-nex construction system ensures that your decisions today can still be adapted in the future as your needs change. This means that you can add (or remove) multiple habi-nex units to suit your current lifestyle.
3. What are the costs of building a habi-nex home?
A number of factors come into play when determining the price of a habi-nex house. However, in general a habi-nex home costs approximately 2,000 euros/m2 (VAT included). A shell-only house is also a possibility. In that case the starting price is approximately 1,300 euros/m2 (VAT included). You can then select and have the bathroom and kitchen installed yourself.
4. What distinguishes a habi-nex home from other Tiny Houses?
The habi-nex house construction uses a high-performance building system: SIP (Structural Insulated Panels). SIP panels are usually made of OSB, MDF, MGO or fiber-cement panels, which are adhered to a foam core of expanded polystyrene (EPS) or polyurethane foam (PUR). Typically, PUR foam is injected under high pressure between the panels under a press and allowed to cure. The PUR insulation and the panels are bonded into a single structural unit. When using EPS, the insulation is precut to the proper thickness and then adhered to the panels using industrial adhesive.
The floors, walls and roofing are made from these SIP panels. SIP panels are known for their excellent insulating qualities, exemplary sound- and fire-resistant properties, low energy consumption, lightweight design and rapid construction time.
Currently, we are working with prominent professors from top universities on various options to use bio-based materials, which will further promote the circular economy and ecological sustainability of the building system. Our goal is to produce 100% bio based homes that are energy neutral.
5. Is building with SIP Panels sustainable?
Building with SIP panels is the new definition of sustainability. SIP panel production consumes less energy than the production of traditional building materials. SIP Panels also contribute to a more sustainable home as the panels have a high insulation value which ultimately save energy. As a result, a SIP panel saves 99.5 times the energy that was initially invested to produce the core materials.
6. I would like to buy a habi-nex home, what should I consider?
The houses have a modular structure, which means that you have plenty of options in designing your home. You can choose from our three standard habi-nex options: shell only, grid connected and off-grid (click here for a further explanation of our three basic options). Customization is also available at additional cost. In that case, you can start as small or as large as you want – and adjust at a later date. Choose large windows or extra-wide doors, luxury finishes, bio-based materials, fully off-grid or grid-connected. Habi-nex homes are built for longevity and can be moved and expanded as your needs change. We are happy to discuss your specific desires and to give you personal advice on the different options available. We will develop a building plan for your habi-nex home based on your preferences.
7. I would like to buy a habi-nex home, where can I build one?
A habi-nex home is built in such a way that it is suitable in both urban and rural settings, whether you want to go completely off grid or want to live in a community with other tiny-home residents. We do ask you to find a plot of land yourself. Funda and the Tiny House Nederland- and Marjolein in het klein websites present the various Tiny House residential locations within the Netherlands.
8. How long does the construction of a habi-nex home take?
The construction of a habi-nex can be completed within 6 - 8 weeks. Nonetheless, do take into account that you will need some time – estimated 6 months - for preparatory work including the development of a building plan and your specific habi-nex design, and also to apply for all the necessary building permits.
9. Do I need a building permit to build a habi-nex home?
Our homes fully comply with the required building regulations and are therefore recognized as legal permanent homes. However, the guidelines for tiny houses differ among municipalities. If you have not already done so, we recommend that you check these guidelines with your municipality. We can help by providing you with drawings and technical data that can facilitate the application process.
10. Can I arrange a mortgage for a habi-nex home?
Yes, a mortgage for a habi-nex home is typically possible if the habi-nex home is a permanent structure, you have an environmental permit, and you can register a BRP (basic person registration) at that address. However, even though you have these documents, getting a mortgage is not guaranteed. Some lenders demand your home to be built of traditional materials (i.e. stone or brick) and a habi-nex home is, like most tiny houses, made primarily from innovative and sustainable building materials. Therefore, it is best to contact your personal financial institution to discuss your intentions further.