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PassivDom Report Summary

Project ID: 775836

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PassivDom (Feasibility study for PassivDom – autonomous self-learning 3D-printed modular house)

Reporting period: 2017-06-01 to 2017-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The SME instrument Phase 1 project has enabled PassivDom Ltd. to continue the work on the development of the innovative PassivDom autonomous self-learning 3D-printed modular house. During the project the feasibility study was conducted, where 5 tasks were implemented: market research, user needs and design preferences research and analysis, IPR strategy development, manufacturing and sales partnership development, business model and comprehensive business plan development.
The feasibility study validated that the residential construction is forecasted to grow steadily – at 2.2% a year in Europe and at 3.5% in the USA for the following 4 years. Currently the residential construction market in Europe and USA is accounted for EUR 1108bn and is projected to reach EUR 1.3 trillion by 2021. Prefab Housing market is also showing impressive growth rates. Global shipments of Prefab Housing are projected to reach 1.1mln units by 2020. Moreover, PassivDom solution is fully aligned with global market drivers that shape the whole prefab industry: energy savings & cost benefits, space constrains in large cities, global green construction trend, recovery in global construction activity, increasing investment in infrastructure projects, rising popularity of modular & panelized housing and growing prominence of single-section manufactured housing. But the expectations for such houses are high: low construction cost, improved functionality, superior aesthetics and unconditional weather resistance.
Participation in several major industry conferences, festivals and exhibitions helped to raise awareness about PassivDom autonomous self-learning 3D-printed modular house. Numerous potential B2C clients, as well as some large B2B clients showed interest in purchasing PassivDom house whether for themselves or for business. A Freedom to Operate analysis concluded that PassivDom has the full freedom to further commercialize the solution.
Currently, PassivDom team is focused on preparation of its house for market commercialization, including testing and verification, building pilot production line in the USA and finishing the development of the PassivDom modulOne and modulTwo houses, ready for serial production. The ambition of PassivDom is to make their prefab passive houses affordable and quick to install maintaining the highest quality for the better durability, and thus available for people all around the world.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the Phase 1 of the SME Instrument PassivDom Ltd. has completed the activities set out in the work packages, and achieved a clear understanding on how to move forward with business development and up-scale of the PassivDom houses on a global level. Following activities have been completed:
1)Market research. It helped to better understand the market trends in residential construction, clearly define the target market for PassivDom houses, identify users' needs, estimate the size of the market, and develop competitive advantage of PassivDom in the global market. Main findings:
• Demand for prefabricated houses is rising rapidly. Moreover, customers are now looking not just for good and durable houses but also for a smart, energy efficient and mobile;
• Germany and France are the top 2 countries by value of residential construction, followed by the UK, Italy, and Spain;
• The USA residential construction market is still recovering from the 2008 crisis and forecasted to robust to 2020;
• The market of modern prefabricated housing is relatively new and therefore fast growing. It is mostly occupied by companies producing houses with a limited number of features and, even though, they pretend to be innovative, they use quite outdated technologies.
All the above mentioned findings prove that PasivDom houses will have demand in the global market due to the high growth rates of residential and prefabricated housing markets and also because PassivDom will provide solution to the biggest challenges and problems in residential construction.
2) User needs research and analysis. Four target customer groups for PassivDom were identified. During the 6 months of the Feasibility study and 1 month before that, CEO Maxim Gerbut and CMO Julia Gerbut visited 4 professional conferences and exhibitions, where they gave public speeches on specific topics related to their innovation. In these conferences, Maxim and Julia could challenge their assumptions, identify potential customers’ needs and get feedback from industry leaders and potential customers. They made numerous contacts with large potential B2B and B2C clients.
3) IPR Strategy development. PaasivDom Ltd. with the help of the patent attorney researched the patent landscape and conducted freedom to operate analysis for PassivDom houses. Patents and trademarks applications were prepared for submitting. The plan for next steps in IPR protection was developed together with lawyers.
4) Manufacturing and sales partnership development. In R&D PassivDom established a partnership with two leading European Research Institutes: The Passive House Institute (PHI), and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA). Also, PassivDom Ltd. found a manufacturing partner and key suppliers in USA. Now PassivDom is focused on searching of sales partners in Europe and USA.
5) Business Model and Comprehensive Business Plan. Subsequently, all of the findings were translated into an elaborated Business Plan. PassivDom Ltd., with the help of external experts, developed the business model for PassivDom houses and designed next steps and actions for further implementation of the project.
Two main business lines have been identified for PassivDom. Both business lines are interrelated and interdependent. The first business line, sales of PassivDom houses, will be the main business line, generating the biggest revenue. Another one will be subscription (not obligatory). The sales plan and financial model were developed, and the funding requirements for further development of the company were calculated.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

PassivDom Ltd. overall objective is to make their prefab passive houses affordable and quick to install, maintaining the highest quality for the better durability, and thus available for people all around the world.
PassivDom houses will also help to solve the environmental problem because:
• PassivDom house does not need to burn any fuel in any climate
• PassivDom uses only solar energy and has real zero carbon emission.
From the consumer perspective, PassivDom is ready-to-use mobile, autonomous smart house, which has all necessary equipment and furniture to start living from day one. It also has PV cells integrated into the roof generating electricity for all inhabitants’ needs, standalone water supply system with filtration, and a sewing system, which makes the house completely autonomous, thus zero bills on electricity, heating, and water, and therefore zero harming effect to the environment.

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