Mar 2, 2017 | By Tess

Ukrainian startup PassivDom is hoping to revolutionize the housing market with its concept for a stand-alone, energy-efficient 3D printed house, ideal for off-the-grid living. The PassivDom house is based on a modular principle that could allow for many units to be assembled together to build up a larger building.

The idea behind PassivDom was to create a compact, fully “passive” house, one that can be built without external structures such as foundation, plumbing, and water tanks, and can exist autonomously and sustainably, with zero carbon emissions. The startup says its houses are pre-constructed in a factory, and can be deployed quickly—so quickly in fact, that owners can apparently move in within a day of buying one of the houses.

The PassivDom house incorporates a number of features that help to make it sustainable. Its frame, for instance, is manufactured using an industrial 3D printer, while its expansive windows are manufactured using a proprietary window technology that eliminates heat loss via the panes. In other words, the windows are almost as insular as the walls. In terms of energy, the housing units are said to run purely on solar power (panels cover the house’s roof).

The house’s 3D printed frame, which is made from carbon and fiberglass, making it strong but lightweight, can be made in a variety of sizes and shapes, so buyers can choose what kind of compact PassivDom house they want to live in. On its website, PassivDom is currently advertising its modulOne home (36 square meters), its modulDva home (36 square meters), and its modulMoon, which is still in the works.

As the trend for compact, low-impact homes grows, projects like PassicDom’s are seeming increasingly viable. Why shouldn’t you be able to set your self-sufficient home up wherever you like (within reason of course!), and why should anyone need a massive house these days?

Unlike Ikea’s furniture, the PassivDom housing units are said to be delivered ready to live in, with furniture and appliances up and running. For those who struggle to even pick a paint color, this feature should seem mighty appealing. According to the Ukraine-based startup, all the appliances in the homes are IoT connected and can be controlled via the owner’s smartphone.

That’s not all, though, as PassivDom says that a “self-learning micro-climate system creates favorable conditions inside the house: maintains the ideal temperature and humidity, monitors the oxygen and carbon dioxide content.” In other words, the smart house can learn how to run the house based on your preferences. I don’t know about you, but this feature reminds me a bit too much of the Simpsons’ Ultrahouse 3000.

PassivDom’s 3D printed houses reportedly exceed the energy efficiency requirements put out by both the PassivHaus Institute and LEED. The housing units are being sold for between €29,900 and €64,900.



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Monteiro wrote at 3/3/2017 8:15:35 PM:

On the fifth paragraf the name PassivDom is incorrect.

Max wrote at 3/3/2017 11:39:28 AM:


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