This Zero-Energy Passive Mobile Prefab Was Partially 3D Printed

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo / Published by Dwell
A Ukranian company has recently launched the world's first autonomous mobile prefabricated homes.

PassivDom, a new prefab startup based in the Ukraine, recently revealed modulOne, a mobile prefab that acts as a completely self-sufficient Autonomous Unit.

The module comes equipped with furniture, appliances, a built-in kitchen, bathroom (toilet, sink, shower), a heating and cooling system, and a smart-air ventilation system with oxygen-level control—all of which can be managed by the use of a smartphone. The home includes a self-sufficient power system (solar panels, batteries, inverters), and an independent water supply system that includes water storage, a purification system, and independent sewage. Water can also be collected and filtered from humidity in the air, or added separately. They even offer a "Zombie Apocalypse" upgrade package that comes with armored glazing, an alarm system, and a bible—just in case. 

This Zero-Energy Passive Mobile Prefab Was Partially 3D Printed - Photo 1 of 5 - PassivDom claims that the homes stay completely insulated, no matter what the conditions. 

PassivDom claims that the homes stay completely insulated, no matter what the conditions. 

3D printers are used to manufacture the house's frame, creating the walls, roof, and the fundamental platform. The rest of the home, such as windows, doors, plumbing, and electrical systems, are then added to the frame by hand. 

With ecologically-clean solar energy and a self-sufficient power system, PassivDom claims to meet all the requirements for certification of residential buildings by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany.

The house doesn't require a foundation and you don't need to connect to external electrical and plumbing systems. This technically makes it possible to live completely off the grid. The Autonomous house is 387 square feet and costs $67,138 to preorder. 

This Zero-Energy Passive Mobile Prefab Was Partially 3D Printed - Photo 2 of 5 - ModulOne includes solar panels that fuel power systems to control climate, clean water, and air quality. The frame is made of 3D-printed carbon fiber and fiberglass, and the entire house is recyclable.

ModulOne includes solar panels that fuel power systems to control climate, clean water, and air quality. The frame is made of 3D-printed carbon fiber and fiberglass, and the entire house is recyclable.


This Zero-Energy Passive Mobile Prefab Was Partially 3D Printed - Photo 3 of 5 - Using a 3D-printing robot to create the walls, roof, and floor, PassivDom's 380-square-foot model can be printed in about eight hours. The rest of the home, including the windows, doors, plumbing, and electrical systems, are then added by hand. 

Using a 3D-printing robot to create the walls, roof, and floor, PassivDom's 380-square-foot model can be printed in about eight hours. The rest of the home, including the windows, doors, plumbing, and electrical systems, are then added by hand. 


This Zero-Energy Passive Mobile Prefab Was Partially 3D Printed - Photo 4 of 5 - The house produces electricity for all the household appliances and even includes an independent sewage system.

The house produces electricity for all the household appliances and even includes an independent sewage system.


This Zero-Energy Passive Mobile Prefab Was Partially 3D Printed - Photo 5 of 5 - The ability for the home to be thoroughly self-sufficient makes it possible to live off the grid. 

The ability for the home to be thoroughly self-sufficient makes it possible to live off the grid. 

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