Energy Positive Homes, Inc. in Mondovi, Wisconsin will work with builders in designing and constructing homes that create more energy than they consume. Utilizing a 3D printer, we will “print” all the forms for the walls using lightweight concrete.
This better building technique results in huge savings that will be used for:
With 3D printing building techniques, houses will be fire, flood, hurricane, and tornado-resistant. Homeowners will also enjoy the advantage of not having heat or electric bills. Likewise, they will have the ability to charge an electric car parked in the garage for free.
Additionally, they will be using 70% to 80% less water as these homes will be utilizing atomizers in the showers and faucets. Thanks to the Aquaponics system, homeowners have the option to grow organic food in solariums in half the time it usually takes for the plants to grow.
These homes will be priced around or below current new construction prices. After building the first prototypes, we will be partnering with builders to construct spec homes that are move-in ready. Our goal is to create a market for better-built homes with a net cost of hundreds of dollars less per month for homeowners.
Homes built in areas with a Feed-In Tariff program will produce an income from the excess electricity they create, reducing the net cost of the ownership further.
According to the latest research, there are between 500,000 to 600,000 new homes built in the U.S. each year. Right now, nearly all of them are traditional wood construction.
All of that is about to change, though. Imagine that you are choosing between two homes for sale in the same general area. They have the same finished square footage, layout, aesthetics, and price. However, ONE home has no heat or electric bills, a much smaller water/sewer bill, and can also grow organic food in a solarium helping reduce your food costs.
It is resistant to fire, natural disasters, soundproof, and can also charge your electric car every time you park in the garage.
Which would you choose?
The net cost of owning an Energy Positive Home can be $500 to $1,000 less per month than a typical new home.
We believe that new home buyers will drive this change in home construction. A $300,000 new home built with a 3D printer should save up to $45,000 through the following:
Additional savings may also be created through reduced market times, as they are likely to have buyers before their certificates of occupancy are issued. Likewise, they may be auctioned off for a much higher profit than wood construction alternatives.
The average cost of a home west of the Rocky Mountains is about $110 per square foot with an average size of 2,649 square feet. Multiplying those results in a $291,390 price for an average new home.
Over 80% of the new houses being built in that area are spec homes, or houses built without a specific buyer in mind. We believe that spec home builders will rush into this new construction method after prototypes are built, and “the two similar homes” scenario detailed above will begin to happen in larger cities out west.
Printing the forms for the walls from cement requires only four people continuously working until printing is done. One would operate the computer while the three others will place the conduit, pipes, and bucks where needed during printing. Additionally, they would take care of the concrete mixing.
A printer should be able to print the forms in two or three days, with a day of setup and another day for takedown. Printing homes in a development may go slightly faster since there will be less transportation of materials.
This process could be sped up to building two houses a week with two frame setups per printer. One printer can just disconnect from one frame and be transported to the second one that has already been set up.