• YEAR : 2019
  • LOCATION : Rural India
  • CATEGORY : Urban


PowerHYDE is the world’s first carbon negative, self financing home for the homeless. Designed for the 200 million rural homeless in India, powerHYDE ensures that when these homes are built, they do not add negatively to the environment. Therefore they do not become a burden for other infrastructure provisions such as electricity, water and waste.

Each powerHYDE produces four times the amount of energy it needs for itself. A community of powerHYDE’s sells the additional energy to neighbouring industries and powers other communal facilities. This generates additional income for the inhabitants. A cluster of 75 powerHYDE homes is a mini power plant generating 1 MW of energy.

‘PowerHYDE’ combines through one solution:

1. the enormous demand for housing (40 million rural homes in India)

2. the increasing need of sustainable energy (300%) and

3. a sustainable financial model.



The daunting numbers and lack of financing have paralysed construction of homes for the poor. PowerHYDE is a self financing home conceived as a product. It is a product that produces more energy than its own usage and generates its own income. Since scaleability is essential for housing solutions, the house is designed in such a way that it is easy to assemble. Additionally the design is adaptable to different cultural, regional and climatic conditions.

PowerHYDE is modular. In order to meet the demand of growing families, the structural system of the house allows vertical and/or horizontal expansion. Moreover, passive and active sustainability measures meet the needs of fossil free energy production and zero impact water re-use and circulair waste treatment.

Project Data

Project Name



Rural India





Sustainability, Innovation, Solar Energy


In Progress

Design Team


3,4 Ha.


Solar Power Community of 170 Homes


powerHYDE self financing carbon negative home for homeless families

The first prototype of powerHYDE is built in India

powerHYDE self financing carbon negative home for homeless families

The solar roof extends beyond the house to create comfortably shaded verandah’s

powerHYDE self financing carbon negative community for homeless families

A community of 75 homes can jointly generate 1 MW of power. This ensures that solving the complicated puzzle of the enormous housing demand does not become a liability but an opportunity towards a sustainable future.


powerHYDE self financing home

powerHYDE is a cohesive model marrying housing demand and sustainable finance. It allows homes to become a passive income generator. Through design, construction and methodology it becomes an active contributor to a family’s income.

access to energy in India

India accounts for 2.4% of the world surface area, but supports 17.5% of the world population.

At the same time it houses the largest proportion of global poor 30%. Moreover 24% of the global population without access to electricity live in India.

shortage of 40 million rural homes

While the Governments “Housing for All” scheme is to address 20 million shortgae of Homes in Urban India, in rural India a shortage of 40 million homes remain.

powerHYDE self financing home

PowerHYDE combines through one solution, the enormous demand for housing, the increasing need of sustainable energy through a sustainable financial model.

phased construction of powerHYDE self financing home

PowerHYDE is expandable to allow for future growth and changing needs. The system is designed to be applicable for both urban and rural applications.


diagram powerHYDE self financing home

A modular system of structure and roof allows the user to fill in the floor layout best suited to their needs from base floor plans to optional finishes and final fit out. Wall finishes, glazing partitions and fixtures can be selected from a basic range as well as designed as bespoke pieces.


powerHYDE self financing home solar roof

The roof pf powerHYDE is made of custom designed solarHYDE sandwich panels that supply power, and provide ventilation, insulation and waterproofing all in one.


powerHYDE self financing home structural system

The design and function of this house have been developed with the use of prefabricated and local construction material. The use of industrial structural elements helps to achieve speed, reduced cost, and quality of construction.


powerHYDE self financing home

The framework of powerHYDE is universal, but the infill is flexible. It is customisable to the multitude of variations in climate, social context and geographies.