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- Sustainable real estate development group Palari has joined forces with construction tech company Mighty Buildings to build what they say is the world’s first community of 3D-printed zero net energy homes.
- Mighty Buildings uses 3D-printing to manufacture individual panels at its facility that are then put together at the construction site.
- The company says it can manufacture homes twice as quickly with 95 percent less labor hours and 10 times less waste than conventional construction with its process.
The world’s first community of 3D-printed zero net energy homes is set to be built in the desert of California’s Coachella Valley.
Sustainable real estate development group Palari has joined forces with construction tech company Mighty Buildings on a $15 million development deal to build a community of 15 3D-printed, eco-friendly homes on a 5-acre parcel of land in Rancho Mirage, Calif., — an upscale community near Palm Springs.
Mighty Buildings uses 3D-printing, robotics and automation to produce modular panels at its facility in Oakland which are then shipped and assembled into homes at the building site. The company uses a stone composite material that hardens when exposed to UV light.
Mighty Buildings says it can manufacture homes twice as quickly with 95 percent less labor hours and 10 times less waste than conventional construction with its process.
“This will be the first on-the-ground actualization 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,” Alexey Dubov, co-founder and chief operating officer of Mighty Buildings, said in a statement.
The 1,450-square foot, single-story homes will feature a mid-century modern style and have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with the option of a secondary residence with two bedrooms and one bath.
Each property will have a swimming pool with options for amenities such as cabanas, hot tubs, fire pits and outdoor showers.
All energy needs will be supplied by solar power, and owners will have the option to install Tesla Powerwall batteries and electric vehicle chargers for a “fully integrated electric car-home experience.”
Prices start at $595,000 for a base model and go up to $950,000.
The development is expected to be completed next spring.
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