Autonomous houses printed by a robot in less than a day!

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PassivDom, a Ukrainian startup, builds houses that are autonomous, energy efficient, mobile, recyclable, even zombie proofed.

Building a house takes ages and costs a lot of money. That is why a lot of people choose to either rent an apartment or choose to live in a trailer house. A startup from Ukraine disrupts the whole industry of construction by actually printing houses that are autonomous and mobile with the help of a robot.

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. Depending on the model, the whole process can take under 24 hours. The design and production of larger houses with more specifications and finishes can take up to a month. If a house is pre-made, it can be shipped the next day.

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When complete, the homes are autonomous and mobile, meaning they don't need to connect to external electrical and plumbing systems. 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.
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.

PassivDom is a one-of-a-kind product able to solve a pressing problem for thousands of people around the world. Its smart homes pique the interest of buyers in Europe, US, and Canada as well as domestic customers.

As PassivDom states, the company reinvents the house with the purpose to design and build homes that fit the future. This modern house claims to combine 1) autonomous and off-the-grid capabilities, 2) fast and strongly built technology using 3D-printing, and 3) the ability to make its own decisions with the help of artificial intelligence. The company launched manufacturing facilities in the US and processes orders all over the world.

The first model, the modulOne, includes solar panels that power the climate control system, a clean water system that takes moisture from the air and an air quality control system that includes carbon dioxide control. The frame is made of 3D-printed carbon fiber and fiberglass, and the entire house is recyclable.

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There are three models, from ultra-simple to fully autonomous: a bare-bones Module plus, a housewarming party-ready Standard, and an all bells-and-whistles Autonomous, complete with all furnishings and appliances. The Autonomous house is 36 square meters and costs €59,900 to pre-order. There is already a model in Ukraine and they have a few thousand folks already on the waitlist for the houses. Luckily the team doesn’t take itself too seriously. They also offer a special “Zombie apocalypse” package that includes armored glazing, an alarm system, extra toilet paper storage and a bible. Similarly, the “Tamagotchi” package hints at gamification of the house. The owner can monitor the house from your smartphone using additional inbuilt sensors

PassivDom's smallest model measures 410 square feet and ranges from $64,000 to $97,000. The 775-square-foot model ranges from $97,000 to $147,000. PassivDom can make custom models as well. The premium models come with furniture, a kitchen, a bathroom, engineering systems, an energy supply, a water tank, and a sewage system.

It must be noted that the homes utilize solar power for all their energy needs. PassivDom is one of 10 companies selected to exhibit at the January 2018 CES trade show in Las Vegas. The company was among the winners of the UVCA Challenge: CES-Edition contest held by the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Sources: passivdom.com, businessinsider.com, techcrunch.com