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A House Designed to Grow: Pittsburgh Startup ‘Module’ Constructs First Adaptable, Energy Efficient Home for a Customer Releases New Line of Expandable Home Designs

Exterior of the Module design. Image courtesy of Module.

Pittsburgh, PA – September 6, 2018 – Module, a technology startup in Pittsburgh that designs homes that can grow as the owner’s needs, family or lifestyle changes, has pre-sold its first adaptable, energy efficient home to a customer in Pittsburgh. The home, a single-story, 880 square foot, one bedroom one bathroom unit, is designed using passive house principles and will be built in a semi-automated factory. Module is also releasing a new line of home designs, which are priced from $150,000 – $300,000 excluding land and site costs.

Incorporating a patent-pending wall system and design platform, Module home designs allow residents to expand a one-bedroom starter unit into a three-bedroom house, providing just the right amount of space at the right time.

Module Expansion Stages. Image Courtesy of Module.

The company has received approval to build a second home in Pittsburgh’s east end, which it is seeking to pre-sell this fall. More information can be found on Zillow’s platform.

Ground-breaking for the first home will take place in approximately one month. Led by Module, the project team includes Nelcon Inc, Bensonwood, and nk Architects.

“Delivering our first home to a customer will be a significant milestone for our young company. We cannot wait to hand over the keys to a happy customer early next year,” says Brian Gaudio, CEO of Module.

Module’s first customer is building on a vacant parcel adjacent to their current residence. The home’s primary use will be for the customer’s parents, who were looking for a right-sized house to spend more time with the grandchildren.


Module’s interior. Image courtesy of Module.

Module’s turnkey service guides customers through the entire process of building a new home from start to finish. The company helps customers find land and connect with a mortgage lender, manages the local permitting and approvals process, and oversees construction of each new home. The latest designs, now available online for purchase, feature a contemporary aesthetic, concise floor plans, and are built to Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home Standards. Customers can view designs online and begin the process of building with Module by placing a refundable $1,000 reservation.


Image courtesy of Module.


About Module:

Module, a technology startup based in Pittsburgh, designs adaptable housing that changes as a buyer’s needs do. Through Module’s platform, homebuyers can buy the amount of house they need today, and add on as their needs change. Module is a portfolio company of Techstars, Idea Foundry, Innovation Works, and The Robotics Hub.

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