3D-printed homes with net-zero emissions set for neighbourhood near Coachella Valley

The “world’s first community” of 3D-printed homes with net-zero emissions and all of its energy supplied by solar power is set to be constructed near Coachella Valley, California.

The project, which is a collaboration between California-based Mighty Buildings and developers Palari Group, will see prefabricated panels made of 3D-printed material made in a factory before being shipped and assembled into steel-framed modular houses at Rancho Mirage.

A total of 15 3D-printed homes will be constructed at a five-acre site near Coachella Valley. Each property will be placed on 10,000-square-foot plots with gardens featuring rectangular swimming pools. Designed to cause minimal environmental impact, the properties are set to feature textured exterior stone walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as 1,450 sq. feet of living space. 

Solar panels will provide energy for the properties. Individual houses will also have the option to use Tesla Powerwall batteries to store solar energy.

The Oakland-based Mighty Buildings uses its proprietary extrusion-based 3D printing technology to rapidly build robust, modular houses while producing 10 times less waste than traditional building methods. The company says 3D printing results in “near-zero” waste, and in the long-term, prevents 1,100-2,000 kg of CO2 emissions per 3D printed home. 

Construction will begin at the end of this year with the homes set to be finished by Spring 2022.

Mighty Buildings

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.

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