One of the more innovative features of the Nomadic Cabin is in its name: its transportability.
The Nomadic Cabin is designed to be able to move around. The cabin is built with a "floating foundation," made of four trailer jacks that can be adjusted to fit the topography of the forest floor, making the cabin level. These trailer jacks work like stilts, keeping the cabin from settling into the landscape permanently. The cabin is therefore able to be moved around the forest from season to season, mitigating the impact of humans living in the forest ecosystem.
The nomadic quality of the cabin is particularly useful during the building process, where the environmental impact of building can be contained outside of the forest. This limits the amount of raw building material being transported through remote areas and the potential for a disruption in the ecosystem to occur. CFI is building the first Nomadic Cabin in Sackville, behind the office head quarters. The cabin is being built directly onto a trailer that will then transport it to Whaelghinbran Farm and into the woods.
The ability to build a small living space anywhere also makes the Nomadic Cabin design distinctly transferrable. It means that the construction can start before a place to settle has been found.
The Nomadic Cabin uses swivel jacks (as seen in the photo above) that can be spun out of the way when the cabin is being transported. The CFI cabin trailer was designed especially for CFI, however there are several different types of trailers that can be used. For those who are interested in building their own cabin based on the CFI model, this video can help with making a trailer choice.