By Douglas Elbinger, Energy Systems Finance, Newman Consulting Group LLC
The oldest evidence associating the control of fire with Homo Sapiens is found at Israel’s Qesem Cave dating back 400,000 years. Since then, caves have evolved into pretty nice homes…but what hasn’t changed is that we are still burning fossil fuels or wood to cook and keep warm. This is about to change. Advancements in technology, design strategies, and market capacity have brought Zero Energy construction to the mainstream.More
This virtually maintenance-free house can arrive as a basic no frills DIY, or with a fully equipped kitchen: microwave oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee machine; bathroom: toilet, shower, combo washer/dryer, sink. A sofa-bed or queen bed, table, chairs, kitchen cabinets, closet also included.
The house is so efficient that Dom.ai can be heated and cooled with solar power only, even in foggy, cold, and overcast climates. The engineered systems include climate control featuring an externally (but hidden) mounted Mitsubishi heat pump and air conditioner that you’ll rarely need to use. In mild climates, body heat should suffice. Air quality system: HEPA filtration, antibacterial system, CO2 & humidity sensors and controls. Energy: embedded in the roof is a solar array connected to a LiFePo4 battery for storage. Sewage: integrated greywater tank and greywater filter, integrated blackwater tank for the toilet, external big capacity tank or septic system is also an option. The Dom.ai can be easily hooked-up to regular electric grid, water and sewage connections when available. The Dom.ai supplies its own water with an air-to-water system (reverse osmosis water condensation from humidity in the air), or you can pour water into the system yourself. Add-ons include a Sonos speaker system, Nest camera and thermostat, Apple TV, 100″ projector screen, 24/7 internet connection, and even a fingerprint-activated security door lock.
I almost forgot to mention this home can be monitored off your phone. Each house is further monitored and guaranteed by the manufacturer. A cloud-based video surveillance and alarm system promises to keep your home safe. Check out the www.passivdom.com website for contact information and current prices. Once the production is scaled up, Max says the house can be shipped to your location from stock. No permits required in most places and except for site preparation – this house is move-in ready.
Note: For clarification Dom.ai is the name of the product and PassivDom LLC is the name of the company. I think the .ai indicates artificial intelligence.
About the author
Over the last dozen years, Doug has focused his efforts on renewable energy and energy conservation. In 2011, he co-founded the Detroit, Michigan based Greenlancer.com, a cloud-based solar energy design service and one of the Quicken Loans family of companies. More recently, he has become an advocate for PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing and partnered with Newman Consulting Group LLC, an internationally recognized team of experts in commercial and industrial energy management, to help building owners and facility managers implement energy conservation measures.
Elbinger serves on the board of directors of the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (www.MEECA.info) and is a regular contributor to www.greeningMichigan.com, Environmental Network News (www.enn.com), Renewable Energy World (www.renewableenergyworld.com) and Construction Association of Michigan Magazine (www.buildwithcam.com). In 2016, Doug was named Director of the Michigan Sustainable Living Summit by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA.org).