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The world’s first 3D-printed, zero net energy, residential estate

Pipe dream, or the way of the future?

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The world’s first 3D-printed, zero net energy, residential estate

Pipe dream, or the way of the future?

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3 min read

The Palari Group, in conjunction with Mighty Buildings, is planning the world’s first zero net energy, 3D-printed residential estate in Rancho Mirage, California, USA. It will be a small, low-density, upmarket estate but, perhaps, the ease, speed, efficiency and sustainability of the construction process may lend itself to rapid deployment of affordable housing. Or not.

The estate

Palari Villas will be developed on a five-acre (about two-hectare) piece of land in Rancho Mirage, which is known as ‘the playground of the presidents’ for its history of presidential vacations and summits. It’s close to Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, and has been the forefront of sustainability in the region.

The community of 15 eco-friendly homes will be built using the 3D-printed panelised Mighty Kit system by Mighty Buildings. ‘We could not be more excited about this groundbreaking collaboration with Palari, and to be a part of the creation of the world’s first 3D-printed zero net energy community,’ said Alexey Dubov, Co-Founder and COO of Mighty Buildings. ‘This will be the first on-the-ground actualisation 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.’

The homes

Featuring textured exterior stone walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, each property will complement its natural surroundings with mid-century modern architecture, and will consist of a primary residence of 135 square metres, comprising three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a secondary residence of 65 square metres comprising two bedrooms and one bathroom. Situated on a large 900-square metre plot, each back yard will feature a swimming pool with deck, and views of the surrounding mountains with plenty of space for lounging and desert stargazing.

Homes will integrate DARWIN by Delos, a state-of-the-art wellness intelligence solution to help enhance human health and wellbeing by improving indoor air quality and implementing localised water filtration and circadian lighting. All energy needs will be supplied by solar, with optional Tesla Powerwall batteries and electric vehicle chargers for a fully integrated electric car–home experience. Other upgrade options include backyard amenities such as pergola decking, cabanas, hot tubs, firepits and outdoor showers.

The impact

This $15 million sustainable development is the world’s first planned community of 3D-printed homes, and is centred around integration of technology and sustainability. From the 3D-printing production process, which eliminates 99% of construction waste, to the efficiency of operations with solar energy and weather-resistant materials, to the efficiency of the homes themselves, the project aims to minimise its environmental impact, and offer smart and healthy homes to sustainability-minded buyers.

‘We are thrilled to launch this first development of 3D-printed sustainable homes and partner with Mighty Buildings to realise our common vision of transforming the way we build the homes of the future,’ said Basil Starr, Founder and CEO of Palari. ‘3D printing allows us to build faster, stronger and more efficiently.’

About Palari

Palari is a development group dedicated to reimagining real estate through innovative sustainable building strategies. Palari builds, sells and manages homes in California with a focus on integrating technology, wellness and sustainability. Palari specialises in 3D-printed construction, and is developing a platform to streamline building processes centred on sustainability of materials, construction and operations.

Palari is planning to build communities of sustainable, healthy, smart, single-family homes in suburban locations across California, introducing a new era of homebuilding.

About Mighty Buildings

Mighty Buildings is a construction technology company that is dedicated to reimagining the building industry, from the factory to the foundation. By applying state-of-the-art automation and innovative technologies, Mighty Buildings can 3D print structures twice as quickly with 95% less labour hours and ten times less waste than conventional construction. Mighty Buildings works with compliance and regulatory agencies to develop future-forward materials that are tested to the most rigorous standards with nearly zero waste production methods. Mighty Buildings projects range from predesigned ADUs (accessory dwelling units) for home owners to residential developments, using their Mighty Kit System for the nation’s largest homebuilders. Mighty Buildings is committed to making beautiful, affordable and sustainable homes a reality for more people.

In case you are interested

This development showcases what is possible when developers think creatively, and perhaps some or all of the techniques or strategies may work here. And, if you think you may want to invest in the USA, off-plan prices start from $595,000 for a base three-bedroom, two-bathroom model, and go up to $950,000 for a two-home configuration with upgrades.

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