Malaysia: This ‘Greenman’ home is tiny, transportable and totally bill-free
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Malaysia: This ‘Greenman’ home is tiny, transportable and totally bill-free

A HOME that produces no power or water bills? This could prove a dream-come-true for many in this struggling Southeast Asian economy, where household debt is said to be one of the region’s highest.

The Greenman Tiny Home is compact – just about the size of a parking lot – but is fully-functional and extremely efficient. It produces its own electricity, harvests rainwater for occupants and even recycles its own waste.

That means it doesn’t need external power supply, water or sewage treatment.

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For some, this might look like green-living at its extreme, but as the recently-completed prototype shows, going eco-friendly doesn’t have to mean sacrificing modern amenities.

Though tiny, the home can be expanded to fit families of four or more, and yes, there is a toilet – just that it doesn’t need a sewerage system because it contains bacteria that cleverly turns waste into fertiliser.

The home, made available for public viewing earlier this month in Kuala Lumpur, is the brainchild of sustainability advocate Matthias Gelber (internationally known as “The Green Man”). It has since been moved to the Construction Research Institute of Malaysia on Jalan Chan Sow Lin, Kuala Lumpur.