Mini houses, prefabs and passive houses: the new construction revolution in Italy

The last year has seen an exponential increase in interest in some innovative types of housing

Italy is seeing a construction revolution / Huf Haus
Italy is seeing a construction revolution / Huf Haus
13 February 2020, Redaction

During the last year, there has been a lot of curiosity in Italy about the "constructions of the future" (including those printed in 3D). But that's not all, because the market for prefabricated wooden houses in Italy on the move, so much so that it is the fourth largest in Europe, with Italians and foreign investors buying land to construct their own mini house. Let's see what all the fuss is about for a different type of real estate investment in Italy.

Prefabricated houses

Wood surprisingly is not the only material that can be used to build a prefabricated house. Among the various options available, there are also modular steel or concrete constructions. Although many people are often (and wrongly) inclined to associate this type of construction with something standardised and cheap, there are several examples of luxury prefabricated houses, some of which are really beautiful and scattered all over the world.

Case Ursella is an example of a prefabricated house in Italy
Case Ursella is an example of a prefabricated house in Italy

Regardless of the materials used, prefabricated houses can take on the most unthinkable forms, with a rural style or even underground for example, but there are also those who use containers (although it has to be said that in Italy this idea is struggling to establish itself). And there are even examples of prefabricated houses printed in 3D.

It should be pointed out that to build a prefabricated house in Italy you need a different procedure compared to that of "classic" building and although prefabricated houses have been driving the green building market in recent years, the market for prefabricated loans is still quite niche.

Mini houses

Another revolution coming up (which is already imposing itself abroad as a real estate sector reality) is the one concerning mini houses. In New Zealand, for example, people are now living in mini homes where you can apparently live without sacrificing comfort in a space of just 15m2. There are even people who have studied a mechanism for which the size of the construction can change depending on the time of day and the needs. This sector of "micro-living" is also definitely on the rise in Italy and a good investment option if you want a minimalist lifestyle.

An example of a mini home / Build Tiny
An example of a mini home / Build Tiny

Passive houses

In terms of energy saving and eco-sustainability, passive houses are the most efficient type of construction available in 2020, as they are generally ultra-low energy buildings. Even in Italy, although still few, there are some examples of passive houses but yet again, this trend is on the rise and an attractive idea for investors. Find out more about green building incentives in Italy in 2020.

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