Algorithms to create eco-friendly houses

Cover, a home building company, makes customised back yard homes using technology to find the best solution for its clients. The company was founded in 2014 by Alexis Rivas and Jemuel Joseph, both architects. They say that their idea is to do for homes what Tesla is doing for cars.

The houses is a way to increase density in growing areas. They can be used as guest houses, paying tenants, studios, pool houses or lounges. Whatever fit the clients need. Cover is using digital tools to streamline the design and construction process with the aim to make living in a thoughtfully designed and well-built home a reality for everyone. The technology uses algorithms to give every possible solution for the design.

They are using a three step process: design, permitting, building.

The first step is based on a survey with up to 100 questions to get information about their lifestyle, design preferences and needs. The architects also meet with the clients to collect additional data from their back yard. This information is later transferred into a proprietary computer program which gives several design suggestions. Within three business days a solution is being presented.

In the second step Cover obtains the permits that is needed.

The third step is building the house. The parts are delivered by truck and is installed on site within 12 weeks.

By building houses in a factory, material waste can be reduced with as much as 80%, making it an eco-friendly alternative.

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