To combat housing shortages and to help the construction industry become more environmentally friendly, additive manufacturing is increasingly seeming to be a viable option. And it is mainly for these reasons that more and more companies in the sector have decided to adopt the technology. In the latest news, Palari, a company specializing in sustainable home construction, has partnered with the SML Group a world-class real estate developer based in Singapore, to design sustainable neighborhoods in California. The three communities will consist of 3D printed family homes called Palari Villas, and are expected to total 200 homesites, including what the company notes is the “World’s First 3D-Printed Net-Zero Energy Community.”
With the goal of building the first zero-energy neighborhoods, or zero-energy homes, the two companies behind the project want to democratize this type of initiative. Michael Widjaja, CEO of SML Group in Indonesia, welcomes the partnership, commenting, “As a sustainable leader, SML has always focused on leveraging innovative and sustainable solutions within its development and continues to seek out like-minded partners to further this endeavor. This partnership marks a big step towards a more sustainable future, harnessing modern construction methods to reduce our carbon footprint.”
SML and Palari Work Towards More Responsible Housing
By 3D printing the houses in the eco-neighborhoods using a modular system, Palari and SML want to address two major issues. Similar to projects in South Africa, which are opting for additive manufacturing to combat the housing shortage, the two companies want to offer low-cost housing. And for good reason. Due to labor shortages and soaring material costs, housing prices are now very high and unaffordable for many. By employing 3D printing, Palari and SML used only a few materials, and thus managed to bring down costs.
While providing affordable housing is one of Palari and SML’s priorities, the companies are also committed to providing homes that are far more environmentally friendly than traditional housing. Today, building construction is responsible for nearly 40% of carbon emissions, and conventional construction methods also generate significant amounts of waste. While the project’s actors do not specify the machines used or the materials, like ICON and its House Zero project, Palari and SML want to take advantage of the benefits offered by additive manufacturing to design 100% green housing. And ultimately, with the help of 3D printing, the goal is to become the world’s leading developer of sustainable technology, as noted by CEO of Palari, Basil Starr. You can find out more in the press release HERE.