Jackson Wyatt: The future of housing
Jackson Wyatt, CEO of CABN, is determined to set a new standard in the housing market with intuitively designed, sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly homes.
If environmental philosophy has taught us anything, it is that Mother Nature is a sentient being — how we treat her is how she treats us back. Jackson Wyatt, CEO of CABN, understood this early on and has begun providing eco-friendly homes that challenge the conflict between doing what is convenient and doing what is better for yourself, your family and the future.
“The resistance comes down to people’s perceived cost in doing the right thing, and the perceived cost, either in time or money, of doing the environmentally friendly thing. What people don’t recognize is that the technology that exists currently, right now, can bridge that gap,” says Wyatt. At CABN, it is all about intuitive design that can be easily manufactured, shipped and assembled.
CABN builds energy-efficient smart homes for unique locations worldwide, allowing residents to live anywhere. One of their homes can be constructed as an additional living space on your property in the city or as a new home in a rural area. Perhaps you are a retiree looking to downsize or a first-time homebuyer who is preparing for your family to grow. Whatever your needs may be, CABN can provide the framework for a comfortable and energy-efficient lifestyle.
“Designing a home just to increase your profit is doing it the old, traditional way. Every part of CABN model homes has a purpose that increases the quality of life or the value of the product. Whether it’s reducing energy loads or increasing happiness in health, then you have a beautiful product,” says Wyatt.
At first, Wyatt admits that developing CABN was a “selfish endeavour” since it originated only after he’d scouted far-out remote areas to build a custom sustainable home for himself. But when he brought engineers and other experts in the field to assist him, he saw the potential for the world to experience something special, as well.
He saw an effective solution to the housing crisis that also serves the needs of the Earth. “Housing is a human right, and I think, for decades, there’s been a traditional linear approach to housing. That is, an ‘if-it’s-not-broke-don’t fix-it’ mentality, because there’s money to be made. But now it’s universally understood that the current system is broken. We can’t keep up with the housing demand, and we can’t keep up with our climate-adjustment goals. So, we need an exponential approach,” says Wyatt.
The price of a CABN may be equal to or less than the down payment of a traditional house, with attainability and affordability being key components of CABN’s ethos. A portion of savings come from the fact that CABN models include an option that doesn’t include energy utility costs. Every CABN model is optimized for solar energy generation and solar gain with the roofing structure playing a contributing role. The roof shades in the summer, keeping the building cool, and in the winter, the lower angle of the sun allows solar energy to enter through the windows and heat the unit. This results in significantly lower energy required to maintain a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius throughout the year. In fact, due to CABN’s high-quality insulation and systems, more energy is needed to cool the building than to heat it.
From the start, CABN’s mission is to make a measurable impact on the housing crisis and climate change by any means necessary because, for Wyatt, that is the only standard that matters. “I hope to show that there is a willingness of Canadians who want to live sustainably and live quality lives in homes that aren’t going to damage the Earth. I’m happy to be that kind of demonstration model.”