Mighty Buildings Has Unveiled the World’s First 3D Printed Zero Net Energy Home
Mighty Buildings, a company aiming to create beautiful, sustainable, high-quality 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 40+ unit community in Southern California where they are based. 3D printing was integral in not only creating the home faster but also in using less material and waste, making it significantly more sustainable.
You have probably heard of the concept of Net Zero Energy or ZNE before. Though often misunderstood to mean that these buildings consume no energy, what it actually means is that it produces as much energy as it consumes. In the case of Mighty Buildings, they stress that these homes will produce this energy through clean, renewable resources. The concept is a popular one, especially as we are increasingly being forced to face the growing specter of climate change. In fact, in California, where Mighty Buildings is based, the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, conceived in 2017, required that all new residential construction be zero net energy by 2020. This latest project marks the first time a 3D printed home was designed as Zero Net Energy from its inception.
The CEO of Mighty Buildings, Slava Solonitsyn, further commented, “We are excited to be the first company in the world to complete what we believe to be the sustainable housing standard in the future. As a result, housing developers will no longer have to choose between profitability, quality, design and protecting the planet. The first 3D-printed ZNE home ever built is a result of years of R&D processes, including creation of a proprietary, certified construction technology and a revolutionary alternative to concrete which provides drastically lower thermal conductivity. Our manufacturing technology features a high-degree of automation and advanced robotics, enabling us to reduce the completion time by more than half. In this way, the entire home can be constructed within 4-5 months, significantly accelerating onsite completion and resulting in happier home buyers, more productive onsite workers, and higher returns for developers.”
A 3D Printed, Zero Net Energy Home
As mentioned, this completed home consists of two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is planned to be part of a larger, 40+ unit community in California. It was built using Might Buildings panel-based system. These are 3D printed panels which were built using a patented composite stone material. By using 3D printing, the company claims they not only can construct a home 2x faster (in only 4-5 months), but they also generate 99% less waste than in traditional processes. Furthermore, the concrete-free materials used for the walls are made up from 60% recycled materials, contributing even more to the sustainability of the home.
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, the homes can be customized to incorporate unique 3D printed designs. Additionally, they are able to resist hurricane winds, high waters, fire, mold, insects and extreme temperatures.
The COO of Mighty Buildings, Russ Atassi, concluded, “We are proud to lead the shift to climate-friendly construction, and we encourage the industry to join us for the benefit of the planet and our society. We are working directly with home developers to empower them with the technology to deliver bright, modern and sustainable homes at scale, to address the housing and climate crises head-on and with urgency. We believe we are just scratching the surface of what can be accomplished through robotics and 3D printing.” For the company, the next step seems to be to expand operations to build communities of these sustainable homes at scale. You can find out more about Mighty Buildings HERE.
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