Mighty Buildings unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed net-zero energy house
Mighty Buildings, a company that aims to create beautiful, high-quality, durable homes, has announced that it has completed delivery of what it claims to be the first 3D-printed, Zero Net Energy home. The two-bed, two-bath home is the first in a planned community of more than 40 units in Southern California, where it is based. 3D printing was essential not only to create the house faster, but also to use less material and waste, which made it much more sustainable.
You have probably already heard of the concept of Net Zero Energy or ZNE. Although often misinterpreted to mean that these buildings do not consume energy, it actually means that they produce as much energy as they consume. In the case of Mighty Buildings, they point out that these homes will produce this energy through clean, renewable resources. The concept is popular, especially as we are increasingly forced to deal with the growing specter of climate change. In fact, in California, where Mighty Buildings is based, the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, designed in 2017, required all new residential construction to be net zero energy by 2020. This latest project marks the first times a 3D printed house has been designed as Zero Net Energy since its inception.
Mighty Buildings CEO Slava Solonitsyn added: “We are thrilled to be the first company in the world to achieve what we believe will be the standard for sustainable housing in the future. Thus, real estate developers will no longer have to choose between profitability, quality, design and protection of the planet. The first 3D-printed ZNE house ever built is the result of years of R&D processes, including the creation of proprietary, certified building technology and a revolutionary alternative to concrete that offers significantly lower thermal conductivity. Our manufacturing technology is characterized by a high degree of automation and advanced robotics, which allows us to cut production time by more than half. This way, the entire home can be built in 4-5 months, dramatically speeding up onsite completion and resulting in happier homebuyers, more productive site workers, and higher returns for developers. .
A 3D printed net zero energy house
As mentioned, this completed home consists of two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is expected to be part of a larger community of over 40 units in California. It was built using the Might Buildings panel-based system. These are 3D printed panels that have been constructed using a patented composite stone material. By using 3D printing, the company claims it can not only build a house 2 times faster (in just 4-5 months), but it also generates 99% less waste than in traditional processes. In addition, the concrete-free materials used for the walls are made from 60% recycled materials, contributing even more to the sustainability of the house.
According to a press release, beyond the climate-friendly construction involved in this 3D-printed, Zero Net Energy home, there are a number of other benefits. For one, homes can be customized to incorporate unique 3D printed designs. Additionally, they are able to withstand hurricane winds, high water, fire, mold, insects, and temperature extremes.
Mighty Buildings COO Russ Atassi concluded, “We are proud to lead the transition to climate-friendly construction and we encourage industry to join us for the good of the planet and our society. We work directly with property developers to empower them with the technology to deliver bright, modern and sustainable homes at scale, to tackle the housing and climate crises head on and with urgency. We believe we are only scratching the surface of what can be accomplished with robotics and 3D printing. » For the company, the next step seems to be to expand operations to build large-scale communities of these sustainable homes. You can read more about Mighty Buildings HERE.
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