Transportation-related emissions are a major environmental concern. To cut down, you could buy an electric car, take the train, or get a bicycle. Or you could never leave your house.
The Internet has made working from home–or telecommuting–a viable option for more people, but this latest design flourish takes the concept to a new level.
MOSS is a pre-fabricated home office designed by Victor Vetterlein (via inhabitat) that can be installed in a worker’s driveway, backyard, or even on a roof. Best of all, it’s powered by clean, renewable energy.
The 13-square-foot MOSS (or Micro Office Systems Space) may look a bit like an outdoor smoker covered in solar panels, but it features a laminated tree-farm wood frame, steel connection plates, and interior Structural Insulated Panels for maximum efficiency.
The exterior is clad in Aluminum Composite Panels that make the structure weather tight. Meanwhile, the rooftop solar panels generate power and create shade during the summer, while a small wind turbine provides additional power.
Radiant underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove keep things warm in winter. There’s also an optional 3-foot extension that adds a small kitchen and toilet with wastewater tank.