• YEAR : 2015
  • LOCATION : Rural India
  • CATEGORY : Urban


PowerHYDE is the world’s first carbon positive, 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 ad negatively to the environment and 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. The additional energy is sold to power other communal facilities and generating additional income for the inhabitants. A cluster of 170 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. We developed the self financing house as a product. A product that produces more energy than its own usage and generates its own income. The house is easy to assemble and adaptable to different cultural, regional and climatic conditions.

PowerHYDE is modular. The structural system of the house allows vertically and/or horizontally expansion to meet the demand of growing families. Passive and active sustainability measures have been combined to meet the needs of fossil free energy production and zero impact water re-use and circulair waste treatment.

Project Data

Project Name



Rural India




Residential, Urban


Sustainability, Innovation, Solar Energy


In Progress

Design Team

bB Studio: billionBricks + Architecture BRIO + fUSE Studio


3,4 Ha.


Solar Power Community of 170 Homes

powerHYDE self financing home
access to energy in India
shortage of 40 million rural homes
powerHYDE self financing home
phased construction of powerHYDE self financing home
diagram powerHYDE self financing home
powerHYDE self financing home solar roof
powerHYDE self financing home structural system
powerHYDE self financing home community
powerHYDE self financing home