Developers in Southern California are building what they say is the first 3D-printed zero-net-energy district in the United States.
The Palari Group plans to build 15 eco-friendly 3D-printed homes on 5 acres in Rancho Mirage, an upscale community in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs.
The 1,450-square-foot, single-story homes will be constructed from a composite stone material that is strong, fireproof, water-resistant, and termite-proof, Palari Group founder and CEO Basil Starr told CNN.
The houses will be made from modular panels that will be printed out by their partner Mighty Buildings at a facility in Oakland and put together “like Lego blocks” on site, Starr said.
Starr said his company, which focuses on sustainable construction techniques, turned to 3D printing because it was less wasteful.
“When building wooden frames, there is considerable waste for the house to be built. It is about two tons of waste that is sent to landfill,” said Starr. “And with 3D printing, it’s a revolutionary design that completely eliminates this unnecessary waste.”
Bathrooms, cabinets and other interior materials that cannot be 3D printed are sourced sustainably.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes will have a deck and swimming pool and will start at $ 595,000. Buyers can add a smaller two bedroom, one bath second home on the property for an additional $ 255,000.
All energy needs are met by solar power, and owners have the option of installing other options like the Tesla Powerwall, fire pits, cabanas, and outdoor showers.
The average home value of a Rancho Mirage home is $ 825,738, according to the city’s website.
The Palari Group plans to lay the foundation stone in September and complete the project by spring 2021.
Starr said that once construction begins, the company can move forward faster than conventional construction.
Mighty Buildings, he said, can print the panels for the houses while they build roads, foundations, and install utilities on the site.
Prospective buyers have already made refundable deposits of $ 1,000 to earn a spot on the reservation list, Starr said. The Palari Group plans to build further developments in Rancho Mirage and possibly other parts of California.
Rancho Mirage isn’t the only 3D printed home project that brings news.
Last month, a company called SQ4D Inc. listed a 3D printed house in Riverhead, New York, on Zillow for $ 299,999.
Austin-based construction technology company ICON is partnering with Kansas City developer 3Strands to build four 3D-printed homes in East Austin, slated to be ready for occupancy by June or July.