KYIV - Absolute autonomy – no power lines, no gas connection, no plumbing - and a home you can take anywhere you wish.
PassivDom, a Ukrainian tech startup, wants to tap into a growing international desire to live cheaply and comfortably off the grid.
PassivDom is a fully autonomous house powered by solar energy. And what’s more, it is made using 3D printing.
The company’s Ukrainian CEO, Max Gerbut, a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences of Solid-state physics, says he wants to help Ukraine become energy independent.
“We managed the difficult task to gather the dream team to create the house of a dream,” he told the UBJ. He spoke out of the company’s show house and office, located in southern Kyiv inside the cloverleaf intersection of Stolychne Highway and Akademika Zabolotnoho Avenue.
PassivDom is 100% energy self-sufficient, provides heat and air conditioning, has a water storage system, and collects solar energy.
According to company data, PassivDom exceeds the requirements of energy efficiency of Germany’s PassivHaus Institute and one of the most widespread green building certification programs worldwide - LEED. Thermal characteristics allow for energy use 1/20th the level of an ordinary building.
Attractive to second home owners, PassivDom has a burglary protection system. It features tempered glass, aluminum windows and doors and a carbon and fiberglass frame that the designers say is six times stronger than steel.
The materials warranty to maintain thermal characteristics extends over 40 years. A five-year warranty is provided for all components: walls, furniture and household appliances.
Gerbut says the primary market for the mobile home is the United States.
“Americans like our houses a lot and we receive dozens of orders a day,” he said. Their trilingual – English, Ukrainian and Russian – website -- http://passivdom.com/en/ -- has contact numbers for sales people in Kyiv and San Francisco.
The company’s next target is Europe, especially Scandinavia, Germany and Britain.
“Clients in the U.S. like the 3D-printing feature and ‘gadget side’ of our project,” he said. “But Europeans prefer energy efficiency and a possibility of zero carbon emissions,”
The 3D printing process allows for quick, cheap production using a combination of materials. And it leaves no holes -- critical for energy conservation.
Eventually, the company plans to open factories around the world, and maintain an R&D office in Ukraine.
The top-of-the-range autonomous house is 36 sq.m. and costs €59,900, with pre-sales starting in April. Prospective buyers can view a model on the outskirts of Kyiv and sign up for a “test drive,” or a sleepover.
“Now we have more than 2,000 purchase orders and the same for the test drive,” Gerbut said.
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Slider Photo: A map on the PassivDom website shows how to reach this showhouse in southern Kyiv (supplied)
Posted March 22, 2017