Building a house by hand can be both time-consuming and expensive business. A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called PassivDom uses a 3D printing robot that can print parts for module houses. When complete, the homes are autonomous and mobile, meaning they don't need to connect to external electrical and plumbing systems.
PassivDom is the unique technology, which combines energy efficiency, full autonomy and mobility. Wherever you are – in the center of New York or high up in the Andes Mountains, PassivDom will create the ideal conditions for living. The house is 100% energy self-sufficient, it heats and conditions air and it is equipped with water storage. PassivDom doesn’t need electricity or gas, the house is heated through a solar energy. Its inhabitants can forget about utility bills and also enjoy the ecologically clean way of life.
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The machine can print the walls, roof, and floor of PassivDom's 410-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors, plumbing, and electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery connected to the houses, and water is collected and filtered from humidity in the air (or you can pour water into the system yourself). The houses also feature independent sewage systems.
Anti-seismic and wind resistant carcass meets the maximum requirements. Taking into account the record strength of the frame and the energy supply simplicity, the PassivDom can be regarded as an ideal safe use in seismic areas or any other areas of disasters.
Due to the self-regulating ventilation the comfort and healthy microclimate of PassivDom is much higher than ordinary houses have. A self-learning microclimate system creates favorable conditions inside the house: maintains an ideal temperature and humidity, monitors the oxygen and carbon dioxide content. PassivDom is 100% eco-friendly: PassivDom uses only sun energy and has ZERO carbon emission.
PassivDom is a very warm house, it can be used even in Arctic climate conditions without using any fuel. The house uses only clean solar power and doesn’t need the combustion of gas, coal or any other fuel. Zero-emission pathway preserves nature and makes PassivDom environmentally friendly. PassivDom has a water storage (1000L) and filtration system. It cleans greywater using reverse osmosis. This water can be reused for household purposes. Autonomous BIO sewer system enables to receive fertilizer for gardening.
Since the startup launched in spring 2017, it has received more than 8,000 preorders in the United States for its homes, which start at $64,000. The first 100 ones will be delivered in January 2018.
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