In order to survive people first need an adequate supply of food, and then some kind of shelter which over time they can turn into satisfactory homes.

Whether it is for one person, a family or a community, new and radically better ways to build homes and create secure largely self-sufficient communities are needed. Ways that acknowledge the reality of the new threats that climate change effects and side effects now have in store for all life on Earth.

As the environmental situation worsens it will soon become increasingly apparent, even at national government levels, that there is an urgent need for homes which can offer millions of people in many parts of the globe far more sustainable, resilient and affordable ways to live than are available now. Today humanity lives in a period of transition between relatively stable regional natural environments and the highly unstable ones set to emerge and develop globally during the course of the next few decades.

In recognising this need for new and radically better ways to design and produce resilient shelter for resilient communities Volumetrix Homes has focused on developing two types of dwelling. One for single people and childless couples living in urban settings - we call it SoLoft, and the other for individuals and families which can be grouped to form pleasant environmentally benign conventional housing developments or co-housing communities in suburban or rural settings- we call the system Flatpax.

Both the Flatpax system and SoLoft exploit the advantages of highly efficient and cost-effective offsite manufacturing and assembly techniques and the application of advanced logistics operating principles. Both types are flat roofed to reduce wind resistance and provide additional usable space without compromising privacy.

The Flatpax system is a single storey courtyard housing type which allows for a high degree of unskilled self-build construction and variability at the construction site.

SoLoft is a modular two/three storey home with standardised dimensions which means they can be quickly installed above surface car parks to avoid disrupting their operation.