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faqs

1. what does the 38,000 EUR cover?

The quoted price is for a single unit and frame and does not include delivery, installation and connection to services, consultant’s fees and taxes. Subject to site conditions the inclusive guide price is 50,000-90,000 EUR depending on the landscape fees and infrastructure.

2. do i need planning permission?

In many areas you will not require planning permission. If the floor area of your existing home is more than 9 times the area of an m-ch [6.5sqm] i.e. more than 60sq m, you will not require planning permission. In some conservation areas of special scientific interest [ssi] and urban areas, temporary planning permission can be obtained for five years; otherwise a full planning application may be required in these regions.

3. what access do i need for installation?

m-ch units are delivered up to five per truck load. It is helpful if the site is near a road or vehicle access track. The m-ch is light enough to be lifted by crane over trees and landscape and 40m from the delivery truck. In exceptional circumstances the m-ch can be delivered using a helicopter (See Brissago project).

4. is there a guarantee or warrantee? can I order replacement parts? if i have any queries will you help me?

5 years guarantee. You can order parts through m-ch ltd. The m-ch team is always available by phone or email to follow up enquiries or requests.

5. where can i see one?

The O2 student village is permanently installed at the Technical University Munich near the Englischer Garden in the district of Freimann Munich Germany. You can visit that and also the micro home 026 overlooking Lake Zurich at Erlenbach in Switzerland

6. what’s the delivery time?

8-10 weeks from place order on receipt of a 33% deposit.

7. can you install them for me?

Yes, the m-ch production team in Austria supplies and installs the cube and the support frame and our architectural team in London can supervise and arrange the site work crew.

8. how are they serviced?

The m-ch requires only a single electrical supply, water and drainage. In a cold winter month the m-ch should use no more than 348kWh and in the summer, using air conditioning, approximately 123 kWh. It is possible to be highly energy efficient in the use of an m-ch. Since it has a small air volume, it heats and cools very quickly.

9. who is the manufacturer?

A three-generation family run business based at Uttendorf, 40 minutes north of Salzburg in Austria, an area of Europe known for high quality construction for Airbus, Rolls Royce and BMW.

Rupert and Nicole Gatterbauer, the owners of the company would be pleased to show you your m-ch in production.

contact: www.microcompacthome.at

10. what is the lifespan of an m-ch?

Like a car, the lifespan of the m-ch is dependent on the care in use. The guarantee for the main frame, the aluminium cladding and windows is for five years. Service elements and fittings may require service or replacement, as would normal domestic appliances. All replacement parts can be ordered through m-ch ltd.

11. how do i recycle it when i have finished with it?

Your m-ch can be collected by the factory and recycled. It could also be replaced with a new one in a single delivery. A finished m-ch may be sold to a second user or be recycled by the factory into new m-ch units. The aluminium is very efficiently recycled with only 0.3% wastage in the process and with only 11% of the energy required to make the aluminium in the first instance.

12. what are the environmental implications of the m-ch?

The first eco balance report was completed in 2005 at the Technical University in Munich and is a detailed full life cycle analysis of the materials used in the construction, through to the final recycling and disposal. The report includes details of the energy balance and the energy required to manufacture and deliver materials to the factory and to the site.

A 'low.e-home' version is available with potentially zero CO2 emissions. This is powered by pv solar cells and a small vertical axis wind generator mounted on the roof and mast.

13. in what countries is the m-ch available?

Currently available in geographical Europe.

14. can they be joined together to make bigger units?

The m-ch units can be modified with a second door at the kitchen end and a connecting link to another m-ch unit. This would provide short stay accommodation for two or four people.

15. is a discount offered on bulk orders?

Yes, for orders in excess of fifty m-ch units.

16. what are the security measures?

m-ch windows are made of heavy duty toughened glass, the door has a double security lock and the construction of walls, floor and roof have six layers of material, making it quite difficult to penetrate. A security alarm can be fitted and personal call system if required. Fire alarm and smoke detectors are standard.

17. how do they keep the snow and rain out?

There is a thick waterproof layer protected behind the aluminium rainscreen cladding. Rain drains from the roof through the rainscreen cladding and the waterproof layer, to avoid staining on the outer surface.

18. how do i clean the outside?

As you would a new car; with a soft brush with soap and water, windows with a rubber edged wiper.

19. can i paint it? can you customise it for me?

There are two options for customising your m-ch. Like a car, the aluminium exterior can be sprayed or anodised to a range of colours. Alternatively, it is possible to clad the m-ch temporarily with a heavy-duty graphic film. The sponsors of the O2 student village in Munich worked with KMS, advertising agents for Audi and Lamborghini, who installed an O2 graphic on a tough adhesive film often used on the side of trucks. This film can either be printed with a motif or applied and painted.

20. Can the micro home be delivered by helicopter?

The micro home weighs around 2.3 tons depending on the final specification and this can be installed using an twin rotor Kamov helicopter.