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3D printed autonomous house fully powered by solar energy

08 May 2017

PassivDom is a sustainable self-learning, zero carbon emission house powered solely by solar energy. The frame is produced using an industrial 3D printer robot.

PassivDom house (Credit: PassivDom)

PassivDom is mass produced and the first modules are already completed.

Autonomy

PassivDom is an off-grid house that uses only solar energy to satisfy its inhabitants’ needs: climate control (heating and cooling), water generated from air humidity, air quality and carbon dioxide control. The house also produces PV electricity for all household appliances. 

The house is fully equipped with all engineering systems, including an air recuperation system, a heat pump for heating and cooling with a remote-controlled thermostat hub, an air quality medic HEPA system, a photovoltaic off-grid system powered by LiFePO2 batteries, a grey water filtration system with heat recovery, heat energy storage, a boiler and a water tank. It is hurricane protected and earthquake safe. PassivDom is sold completely ready for living with furniture, household appliances, a kitchen, shower, a WC – and even pillows.

Absolute autonomy means freedom from electricity transmission lines, gas pipelines and plumbing. Wherever you are – in the centre of New York or high up in the Andes Mountains, PassivDom will create the perfect living conditions.

Zero carbon emission

The house uses only clean solar power and doesn’t require gas, coal or any other fuel. Its zero-emission pathway preserves nature and makes PassivDom environmentally friendly. PassivDom is a solution that offers fully autonomous houses with zero GHG emissions to help tackle the global warming. The technology exceeds the requirements for energy efficiency in buildings established by the Paris Agreement.

3D printing technology

The frame is produced using an industrial 3D printer robot. It prints layer by layer using manipulators. The printing materials include carbon fibre, fibreglass, polyurethane and resins. All components are environmentally safe and easy to recycle. The strong frame makes it possible to build without a foundation, so the unit is mobile and can be transported many times. 3D printing technology means endless possibilities: the shape and design can be adapted to the requirements of any local market. It also means cheap and rapid production (with the potential for fast scaling around the world). 

Self-learning smart home

All devices in the home are connected to the Internet of Things network, so PassivDom is managed remotely by phone. A self-learning system controls air quality: carbon dioxide content, humidity and oxygen. The home is also connected to an online service system for distance monitoring and fault prevention.

Modularity

The modular construction allows for several modules to be combined to create a larger building - like Legos.

Energy efficiency

PassivDom is the world’s first mobile and transportable house with Passive House parameters. It is first off-the-grid Passive housing that does not need stable sun orientation due to PV over-productivity, even in the case of poor winter insulation in cold climates. PassivDom meets the Zero Energy House standard and does not require any fuel for heating in cold climates. 

For more information, visit the PassivDom website.


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