The first neighborhood of 3D printed net zero energy homes is being built in California.
In Coachella Valley, home of the world-famous music festival, 15 houses are to be built using 3D printing, robotics and automation.
According to the construction technology company Mighty Buildings, the high-tech process causes ten times less waste than conventional construction methods.
It is claimed that all of the energy required for these properties will be met by solar energy. Homeowners also have the option of installing Tesla Powerwall batteries alongside charging stations for electric vehicles.
With this ethos of sustainability in mind, the buildings have been designed to have a minimal impact on the environment.
“We couldn’t be more excited for this groundbreaking collaboration with Palari and for the creation of the world’s first 3D-printed zero-net-energy community,” said Alexey Dubov, co-founder and COO of Mighty Buildings.
“This will be the first realization of our vision for the future of local housing – able to be deployed quickly, cheaply, sustainably and to enrich the surrounding communities with a positive dynamic.”
What’s the problem with conventional construction?
It is estimated that buildings use around 40 percent of the world’s resources, and construction is a major source of waste in most countries. The building and construction sector is also responsible for 39 percent of all CO2 emissions, according to the US agency World Green Building Council.
Building homes more efficiently could have a huge impact on the industry’s environmental footprint.
“With 3D printing we can build faster, stronger and more efficiently, making it an integral part of our platform for streamlining the housing process, which focuses on the sustainability of construction, materials and operations,” said Basil Starr, founder and CEO of Palari .
According to Mighty Buildings, the process of creating these buildings using 3D printing is “near zero” waste and can prevent up to 2,000 kg of CO2 emissions per house. Some of these homes have already been installed in the past six months to provide a proof of concept and are now taking orders for developments like the one to be built in California.
The technology was used in the past to create unique buildings, often with unique architectural designs. The construction of the first 3D-printed residential house in Germany began last year. It would be Europe’s largest apartment that was built with this construction method.
Powerful buildings claim this is the first time an entire neighborhood has been built with it.