Sustainer Homes: The tech startup building the homes of the future

Sustainer Homes is using its building system and software platform to create the homes of the future. Minimal materials and integrating renewable energy means this social impact construction tech startup is designing and building homes in the most sustainable way possible.

The startup employs a modular system, allowing any architect or builder to turn any design into a fully circular, carbon-neutral sustainable home. This system speeds up the building process and saves costs by integrating every technical challenge in one building model. 

Every Sustainer Home is a one of a kind, meaning clients don’t need to sacrificing design to get an eco-friendly build.

Founded in 2014, Sustainer Homes started building self-sufficient and portable houses from shipping containers, aiming to provide millennials with affordable and sustainable homes.

“Sustainer Homes shows that with current technology sustainable living and living comfort can go hand in hand,” said The Climate Coalition, a UK-based coalition of organisations advocating for action against climate change.

The startup’s building system and software platform generates drawings, 3D models and provides project management for architects and builders. Sustainability is achieved through the following core components: type & amount of materials used, construction methods, and design.

Today, Sustainer Homes has designed and built over 50 homes and is now focusing on perfecting its system, and preparing to scale production with several big projects across the Netherlands.

As the startup continues to tests its system, the goal is to make it widely available by mid-2020.

“If we want to live sustainably with ten billion people, we will need to re-invent the way we construct our buildings,” said CEO and co-founder Gert van Vugt. “We’ve already shown how to make individual homes in a fully sustainable way. In five years, we have modernized the building process as well, with an industrial, standardized supply chain covering most of Europe. We will look back at the current way of building and think: ‘why didn’t we do this decades ago?'”