Social Bite showcases prototype eco house during Edinburgh Festival

TinyHouse1The prototype of a home which will be built in a new Social Bite village for the homeless in Edinburgh is on show in St Andrews Square during the Edinburgh Festival.

The home was designed by architect Jonathan Avery from Tiny House Scotland, which builds environmentally friendly micro-houses designed to be as sustainable as possible, and is based on his innovative, highly insulated ‘NestHouse’ model.

Manufactured by Carbon Dynamics, a company specialising in beautiful modular buildings with exceptional levels of insulation, the energy efficient, eco-friendly, sustainable homes will each have two loft bedrooms, a shared WC with shower, a lounge with a wood burner, and a small kitchen and dining area.

TinyHouse2Work at the 1.5-acre site in Granton, which has been given to the sandwich chain on a ‘meanwhile use’ basis, is now underway with members of Edinburgh’s homeless community expected to be onsite before Christmas this year.

The facility will provide a safe living environment for up to 20 people from a homeless background for around 12 months at a time with residents then beginning their transition back into society.

Residents will be made up of those living in unsupported temporary accommodation, shelters, hostels and B&Bs and they will have a dedicated support team from Social Bite and Cyrenians to help them transition to into permanent accommodation and employment.