Loq•kit Mission – Creating a More Affordable House Assembly Technology

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Housing affordability is declining. Across the country, home prices have risen to record heights. Home values and construction costs have risen at a faster pace than wage levels since the late 1990s. As a result of this and other factors, home ownership is unaffordable for a growing number of low- and middle-income American families.

Yet, in spite of this, in Minnesota for example, – according to The Next Decade of Housing in Minnesota – low income households will comprise more than one-half of the new households in the state between 2000 and 2010. This is representative of a growing need for more-affordable housing nation-wide.

As housing costs climb, the demand for a more-affordable home construction technology grows. The demand is great, yet is largely unmet. The private housing industry has little to offer the lower end of the market. Current wood-based construction practices are producing houses that are too expensive for many families. Yet, what is the alternative?

Technology is the solution. A home assembly system that is less crafts-based (where individual parts are created by carpenters, and each part is custom-fit), and more technology-based (where parts are designed and engineered prior to fabrication in a way that eliminates custom installations), would have great potential for reducing housing costs.

Loqkit’s mission is to spur innovation and interest in the development of a market viable, technology-based alternative to the high cost of current home construction methods.To this end, a new housing technology has been developed – the Loq•kit building components are a system of interchangeable and reusable house parts.

Loqkit is focused on the development of new technology that:

At this time, the Loqkit house parts are unavailable. This web site is dedicated to sharing ideas, gathering feedback, and moving toward the realization of technologically-innovative and more-affordable housing. Please take some time to explore this site and discover concepts of lasting value to the mission.

There are three key concepts behind the development of Loq•kit’s new technology:

According to the World House Project:

“By the year 2030, three billion people in the developing world will need housing – that’s 96,150 housing units per day”.


Loq•kit’s foremost goal is the development of an affordable assembly system for housing. The new system will provide needed durable housing at the lower-end of the housing market. To accomplish this, three key strategies are put to use:

  1. Mass-Production – New technology will allow the cost-saving economies of scale typical of mass-production processes, while also enabling custom, personalized layouts and designs.
  2. Interchangeable Parts – Durable, maintenance-free, and coordinated geometrically, Loq•kit house parts can be snap-locked into place and released, rearranged, and even reused on other Loq•kit homes. Repackaged used parts are available to homeowners in order to further reduce housing costs.
  3. Renewable Resource Collection – Loq•kit house parts incorporate the necessary interchangeable equipment to collect the sun’s energy in order to generate electricity (photovoltaic roof panels) and to also collect rainwater from the home’s roof. Reduced utility costs are gained by easy arrangement of affordable interchangeable parts.

With Loq•kit’s new interchangeable parts, houses can be easily serviced. Loq•kit homeowners benefit from a system that enables their homes to be routinely updated, and rearranged if needed. This service is provided directly by Loq•kit, and is available at minimal cost throughout a home’s lifetime. Homeowners can obtain credit for their outdated or no-longer needed parts. The used parts can then be repackaged for price-reduced sale to other Loq•kit homeowners - or they can be sent back to the factory for recycling. The lifecycle service and flow of durable components is the framework of an economically sustainable system of reuse, producing virtually no waste.

At this time, the Loqkit house parts are unavailable. This web site is dedicated to sharing ideas, gathering feedback, and moving toward the realization of technologically-innovative and more-affordable housing. Please take some time to explore this site and discover concepts of lasting value to the mission.