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The Efficient, Smart & Instant Domicile #IDTechEx

A self-contained house that doesn’t require a foundation or connection to the electrical grid and that is 20x more energy efficient than traditional construction techniques is the promise of PassivDom’s, smart home. Those construction techniques include 3D-printing of the walls using special polymer composite materials, plug and play design and robotic assembly, yielding build-times of about five to six weeks.

Through such automation and efficiency improvement in manufacturing at a factory location, Max Gerbut, PassivDom’s CEO, hopes to reduce the labor costs from approximately 65% for the typical dwelling to 15% of the total cost of construction. Another potential cost reduction is permitting. Gerbut suggests traditional permitting might not be necessary, as their domiciles have Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN), like a traditional trailer home. Long-term, he sees production being regionalized, reducing shipping costs.

By taking a holistic approach to the construction of the home, Gerbut indicates they create a water-proof and well-insulated (R-80 rating) building. This means that only 860 Watts is required to keep the home warm even during a -20-degree winter day and it has air conditioning for the hottest days. With oversized electricity generation from the integrated solar panels in combination with Lithium Iron Phosphate battery storage, there is enough power even in the cloudiest conditions. It also has water and heat recovery systems, adding to its overall efficiency.

Onboard storage of freshwater (375 gallons), greywater (50 gallons) and blackwater, together with shower recycling and a water purification system, bolsters its ability to serve off-grid locations. Further, the air quality system includes HEPA filtration, antibacterial system, CO2 and humidity sensors, and control. There are plentiful 6-pane windows with R-35 insulation value to provide wide-open views to the outside while insulating against the outside weather.

It is available in 400 square foot (modulOne) and 800 square foot (modulTwo) versions. Gerbut explains that their goal is to efficiently use the space while providing a high-quality experience. It includes best-of-breed appliances (e.g. Bosch dishwasher), electronics (100” video projector, surround sound) and furniture, making it a turnkey residence. Further, a smart home operating system (homeOS) serves as the brains of the unit, optimizing both efficiency and comfort.

Gerbut explains that their move to Reno, Nevada from Eastern Europe was driven by demand, as over 75% of the 12,000 people who have expressed interest in their housing solution are from the United States. Gerbut’s goal is to get to a production level of 1,000 units per year within the next two years.

The Beta versions will be available in the Spring of 2019 can be purchased for as low as $97,000 (cash upfront) or $127,000 with a 10% refundable deposit. Gerbut indicates that they are working to identify financing options for customers, as well as looking for partners for delivery and installation, sale support and after-sales services.

Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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5 replies on “The Efficient, Smart & Instant Domicile #IDTechEx”

Great interview!

This is a game changer. I hope they will consider crowd funding tiger product so it can go everywhere quickly. This can be an answer to our immediate labor needs and short term housing.

Thanks Kirk.

In a sense, they are crowd-funding in that if you pre-pay, you get a $30k discount ($97k, instead of $127k). They also asking for a 10% refundable deposit upon order (which is typical of the kind of deposit that one would provide a general contractor for building such a dwelling).

It also seems like a traditional builder would be a good partner for providing capital, as well as service support as they cross the chasm to volume production.

[…] Building smaller means more money can be invested in high-quality fixtures and materials, making for a more comfortable environment and for a home that saves money over the long run. This is the type of approach championed by a variety of innovative developers such as Panoramic Interests with their microunit high-rises and PassivDom with its 3D-printed, tiny home/accessory dwelling unit. […]

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