The 3D printed California community shows the enormous potential of the technology for home building
This 15-house community will be 3D printed by Mighty Buildings and the Palari Group in order to break new ground later … [+]
Mighty Buildings / EYRC Architects
Every technology has several phases of innovation. 3D printing technology has moved on very quickly – champions recently used it to print everything from aircraft engines to custom shoes.
Now, Mighty Buildings is using 3D printing to build an entire community in Palm Springs, California. The parish will consist of 15 houses, all of which have advanced ecological and technological features.
Mighty Buildings has partnered with the Palari Group, a California-based sustainable real estate developer, to use zero waste degradation processes in the development of 15 net energy-saving homes.
“The world needs a better way of building that not only releases efficiency and productivity to solve the real estate crisis, but also doesn’t exacerbate the climate crisis,” said Sam Ruben, Chief Sustainability Officer for mighty buildings. “I think 3D printing is one of the most promising technologies out there, if not the most promising for doing this, especially non-concrete based systems like ours.”
The project’s focus on sustainability includes features such as solar energy, battery storage, advanced air conditioning and water filtration systems.
“Mighty Buildings technology exceeds the California Code requirements for energy efficiency. Combined with our ability to deliver units for up to 40% less than houses of comparable quality, traditional battery storage and renewables can be built in on-site to enable zero net energy houses that are inexpensive unequal to net energy homes Zero, ”added Ruben.
Each accommodation includes a 1,450-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on 10,000-square-foot lot with a swimming pool and deck for $ 595,000. Some properties will also have an additional 700-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom ADU for $ 850,000.
Palari and Mighty Buildings are aimed at sustainability and technology minded Millennials who are in the vacation rental or investment property market, or who just want to work from home. Interest is also coming from local retirees who want wellness features and are scaling down into smaller, more efficient homes.
With this in mind, the houses are equipped with wellness features, including circadian lighting and high-tech Darwin wellness systems from Delos in New York. Buyers can also choose from upgrades like pergola, cabana, hot tub, fire pit, and outdoor shower.
Amazingly, all of this is happening today. However, much more can be expected from 3D printing in the housing industry.
The 3D printed components in the Mighty Buildings factory create net zero energy capable homes.
“We’re seeing 3D printing grow in use cases and continue to grow in importance in the market,” said Ruben. “In the past year, the number of 3D printed projects worldwide has already increased significantly. This will only accelerate further if more and more developers and builders rely on the potential of the technology. ”
Mighty Buildings was founded in August 2017 and since then the field of 3D printing technology has accelerated. In those three and a half years, the company has successfully delivered the first enclosure with California-certified 3D printed components, received the first UL certification for a 3D printed component, and helped make 3D printing possible by 2021 International Residential Code update and further development of the world’s first 3D printed zero net energy community.
The Rancho Mirage project will use the new Mighty Kit System, which the company claims is a modern day adaptation of the Sears Kit Homes of the 1930s. The kit system is then used to create mighty houses, which were developed in collaboration with California-based modern architecture firm EYRC Architects and global engineering firm Buro Happold.
“We look forward to opening the platform for more designs and customizations over the next few years,” said Ruben. “We are also looking forward to starting multi-storey projects from 2022 with our new fiber-reinforced printing technology. This not only opens up more design options for single-family houses and ADUs, but also enables us to enter multi-family houses via townhouses and low-rise residential buildings. ”
The technology opens up the possibility of automating the most dangerous and difficult parts of construction so that the existing workforce can build more, while attracting a new generation of workers to the industry.
With scaling up, Mighty Buildings predicts a lot more opportunities for additional savings. At the same time, the company continues to develop new materials and technologies to meet the sustainability goals of carbon neutrality by 2028.