This 3D-Printed Prefab Home Lets You Live Off-Grid Almost Anywhere
A new 3D-printed luxury smart home with off-grid capability just hit the market today—and it offers buyers the freedom to live almost anywhere. "We wanted to create the most energy-efficient and insulated building in the world…something good enough to get into the Guinness World Records," says Max Gerbut, CEO of haus.me.
The company began tinkering with the idea of readily available off-grid mobile homes that could withstand extreme climates in 2016. Even before the startup was ready to launch a product, Gerbut and his team were flooded with over 10,000 buyer requests from around the world.
After years of research and prototyping, haus.me is now officially accepting sales—and last month they completed their first delivery: a fully autonomous 400-square-foot mOne unit in Ukraine that runs entirely on solar power.
What makes the haus.me product different is how it’s built, says Gerbut. "When someone starts building a house, they usually start with the frame and then go to insulation, but we did it the opposite way. We developed a patented composite polymer insulation that can also be 3D printed into a construction material for building walls."
To meet U.S. demand, haus.me set up a manufacturing plant in Reno, Nevada, where the houses are prefabricated and outfitted with remote-controlled smart systems, high-tech appliances, and built-in furniture.
The haus.me line currently offers three models: the 400-square-foot mOne studio; the 800-square-foot, two-bedroom mTwo; and the 1,600-square-foot mFour, which spans two floors and includes three bedrooms and two baths.
Haus.me is aimed at the luxury market, with pricing starting at $199,999 for the grid-connected base model, which can be customized to include off-grid technologies and other add-ons and finishes.
"We have plans to make it more affordable, but right now the key point is that we use high-quality finishes, natural wood, expensive electronics, built-in furniture, smart appliances, and more," says Gerbut. "It’s a luxury dwelling and vacation home that you can install anywhere in the world."
"It’s delivered absolutely ready to use, like a hotel, so you come inside and you have everything you need—even the wine glasses."
Customers who don’t purchase off-grid customization still reap energy-saving benefits in the base package. Thanks to the prefab home’s airtight envelope, the house can be heated with less energy than is needed to boil a cup of coffee—even when the temperature dips below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, says Gerbut.
The team has also hidden Easter egg features into the design, including one of Gerbut’s favorites: "Every time any kind of rocket leaves Earth, the lights in the house blink blue. And any time a rocket comes back, the house lights flash green. It’s just a fun little feature."
All haus.me models are now available for purchase, with the earliest deliveries estimated to take place in February 2020.
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