Off-grid housing may become more sustainable, affordable and efficient with the implementation of new technologies like this…
Though many people think of off-grid living as escaping modern life and leaving behind things like technology, in fact, technological advances may be responsible for the off-grid housing of the future.
For example, 3-D printing is now being used to create everything from artificial limbs to building materials. Printed building components can be made from highly sustainable materials very cheaply, which could mean major changes for the housing industry – especially when it comes to energy efficiency and sustainability.
In this fascinating interview, the CEO of Ukraine-based 3-D house printing company PassiveDom describes their efforts to create truly sustainable and self-sufficient off-grid housing using 3-D printing technology.
There’s something to be said for being fully prepared to go completely off the grid. Whether it’s a bunker to escape a possible nuclear holocaust or a simple cabin in the woods to get some peace and quiet, having the ability to go unnoticed on a moment’s notice can be enticing.
One company that’s looking to help move the needle for those who enjoy autonomous living is Ukraine-based 3-D house printing company, PassivDom. PassivDom’s homes are entirely constructed by 3-D printing and enable people to not be reliant upon electricity or gas companies to help power and heat spaces. Of note, the materials used in PassivDom homes can withstand incredible heat and cold temperatures.
…We sat down with PassivDom’s CEO, Maks Gerbut, to discuss how the company was formed and its plans for the future of off-the-grid homes. To help with the story of inspiration of founding and developing a company like PassivDom, Gerbut shared four main contributing factors, which include creating a house in which anybody can live away from civilization, climate change, high amount of time and money spent on construction, and natural disaster safety concerns.
In terms of providing complete autonomy to people, he said, “Absolute autonomy means freedom from electricity transmission lines, gas pipelines and plumbing. PassivDom is an off-grid house that uses only solar energy to satisfy its inhabitants’ needs: climate control (heating and cooling), water generated from air humidity, air quality and carbon dioxide control. The house also produces PV electricity for all household appliances.”
Moving into 2017, PassivDom’s plans include attending Burning Man to test out its 3-D-printed home in desert conditions and then launching a U.S.-based factory in Nevada later in the year.