America plans first 3D-printed net-zero community

Two Los Angeles’ companies, real estate firm Palari Group and construction technology company Mighty Buildings, have announced plans for a $15m (£10.8m) development of 3D-printed net-zero-energy homes in Rancho Mirage, California.

Spread across a 2ha plot, the 15 buildings will be created from Mighty Buildings’ 3D-printed panellised “Mighty Kit” system, which the company said will eliminate 99% of construction waste.

Sitting on a 929 sq m lot, each home will have a 135 sq m primary residence with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a secondary building with two bedrooms and a bathroom.

Once built, homes will run solely on solar power and can be fitted with Tesla Powerwall batteries and electric vehicle chargers. They will cost between $595,000 and $950,000.

According to Mighty Buildings, its 3D-printing technology will make construction twice as quick, create 10 times less waste and use 95% fewer hours of labour than traditional methods.

Alexey Dubov, Mighty Buildings’ co-founder, said: “We could not be more excited for this ground-breaking collaboration with Palari, and to be a part of the creation of the world’s first 3D-printed zero net energy community.

“This will be the first on-the-ground actualisation of our vision for the future of housing – able to be deployed rapidly, affordably, sustainably, and able to augment surrounding communities with a positive dynamic.”

Image: courtesy of Mighty Buildings/EYRC Architects

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