Energy-saving solution: home construction company Dvele creates modular homes that are self-powered by solar energy


The Woolsey Fire in 2018 killed three people and destroyed more than 1,600 structures.

Erin Mills owned one of the houses that were lost.

“It takes years and years to recover from a fire… for the earth for the brush for everything,” she said.

Mills has neighbors who are still trying to rebuild, but her choice of a Dvele prefab modular home allowed her to replace what she lost in the fire with a personalized, self-contained smart home.

“It has a lot of appeal in terms of timing, control, things that go wrong when you’re building a traditional house,” Mills said.

Built in a factory in Loma Linda, then assembled in Malibu, the Dvele house is also described as a “smart home”. The solar batteries are integrated in a cupboard, allowing the Mills family to be independent from the electricity grid if necessary.

An air filtration system monitors carbon dioxide levels, making the home healthier for residents.

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“If the CO2 levels reach a certain threshold, our ventilation system automatically turns on. So now the house is really taking care of you. Contrary to tradition, you have to take care of your home, ”said Kurt Goodjohn, CEO and co-founder.

Homes are designed from the ground up to be energy efficient. Compared to a typical home, Dvele believes their homes are around 90% more efficient than what you could build on the spot.

Over 300 sensors are built into every home, quickly alerting the homeowner to issues such as an air or water leak.

“It’s kind of like a car, isn’t it?” You have the check engine light on, you need to get in and do maintenance. Homes don’t really have that – until now, ”Goodjohn said.

Mills agrees.

“I think the efficiency of the house is going to be more prevalent for us over time, the efficiency of household appliances, the way everything works together in the house, not only aesthetically but also technically,” he said. she declared. “It just gives you the peace of mind that everything is working for you.”

Dvele has built and shipped homes in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and even Hawaii, but for now the focus is on Southern California before replicating facilities across North America, hoping to change the home construction industry.

“We believe that we can touch the lives of millions of people just by creating these amazing homes and hopefully be an engine for a more positive future. I think our children depend on it,” Goodjohn said.

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