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There is a construction sector, born in the United States and slowly taking hold in Europe, which is that of DIY prefabricated houses. This sector does not seem to face the period of crisis that has affected the rest of the building sector, in fact we are talking about houses built at low cost, with considerable energy savings, anti-seismic, fire protection and according to the wishes of the client. The costs in particular are around 30/40 thousand euros for a house of over 300 square meters and even have a garage. The houses are sold in real kits composed of prefabricated and pre-cut building materials, so as to reduce the waste due to assembly. The on-site assembly is very cheap (less than 3000 euros) because it is actually very simple to make, therefore the assembly times are considerably reduced since the use of dry construction techniques allows working even in not too favorable climates (rain, cold, wind etc). The real problem comes from the fact of having to have ample land that is buildable. The problem is not a small one since it is necessary to obtain from the municipality the pass for the connection of all the essential urbanization systems such as sewers, electricity and water. The total price of the house therefore goes up and over one hundred thousand euros, which are however much lower than the prices of houses in the big cities.


There are various types and various forms of prefabricated houses, but all of them can essentially be incorporated into four basic categories, all however in wood that are distinguished only by the type of supporting structure. Recently, the market has begun to be seen DIY houses with a steel supporting structure, however the tendency to build large prefabricated buildings was not detected, but more than anything else DIY houses with considerable energy savings, in fact for their realization many technologically advanced materials were used to be able to have DIY houses that were energy efficient and ecological.
To obtain energy-efficient and sustainable home certification, after assembly it must be checked by a third party that evaluates it based on the quality of the materials used for the construction, and based on the waste produced for the production of these materials.


Some studies done at Wageningen University in the Netherlands have led to the project for the European "passive house", a project that will serve as a model for a change towards a sustainable and energy-efficient building architecture. One of the most glaring examples of a DIY house is the Energon in Ulm in Germany, a sort of futuristic house that features innovative features such as triple glazed windows that reduce heat exchange with the outside, a covered atrium to facilitate ventilation in the apartment and the entry of light from the windows. Heating for example in a house of this kind is done by transferring heat directly from the floor so as to reduce losses due to energy transport. We have another example of a sustainable house from the 8000 square meter school in the Wels region, which obtained sustainable home certification after a major renovation that brought energy consumption down from 165 kw / m2 to 15 Kw / m2.
Other alternative home-made DIY models are those produced in straw in Amsterdam, with a wooden structure. These particular houses have are plastered in clay and have wall heating. Producing houses with zero energy costs is possible, unfortunately the problem that arises is not so much design or technological but unfortunately economic and mainly political. Only occasionally do we find such advanced energy saving policies.


In Italy, unfortunately, the production and sale of DIY houses is not yet widespread, so choosing the type of DIY house can be a challenge. All in all a person chooses the perfect home for himself, looking essentially at the aesthetic factor, this should not mislead, in fact it is fundamental to know the whole offer or the company involved, the validity of all the documentation and instructions, and last but not least the seriousness and professionalism of the people involved in the process. A useful thing to do may be to get in touch with people who have already done business with the company you want to do it with, so as to have real references of people who live or have lived in a DIY prefab house . Finally, thanks to the prefabricated kits, you can get the home of your dreams at reduced costs and times. Many people including those who are part of well-known prefabricated manufacturers recommend to always and in any case turn to people and companies that already have considerable experience and expertise in this field in order to obtain short and long term satisfaction of the building work from we request.