SML and Palari Join Forces to Create Sustainable 3D Printed Neighborhoods in California

To combat the housing shortage and bring a more environmentally friendly dimension to the construction sector, additive manufacturing is increasingly emerging as a viable option. And it is mainly for these reasons that more and more companies in the sector have decided to adopt the technology. The latest news is that Palari, a company specializing in building sustainable homes, has partnered with SML Group, a world-class Singapore-based real estate developer, to design sustainable neighborhoods in California. The three communities will be made up of 3D-printed family homes called Palari Villas, and are expected to total 200 residential sites, including what the company notes is the “world’s first 3D-printed net zero energy community.”

With the aim of building the first zero-energy neighborhoods, or zero-energy houses, the two companies behind the project want to democratize this type of initiative. Michael Widjaja, CEO of SML Group in Indonesia, welcomed the partnership, commenting, “As a sustainable leader, SML has always focused on leveraging innovative and sustainable solutions in its development and continues to seek like-minded partners to continue this endeavor. This partnership marks a big step towards a more sustainable future, leveraging modern construction methods to reduce our carbon footprint.

3D printed elements for the houses that will make up the eco-district (photo credits: Palari)

SML and Palari work for more responsible housing

By 3D printing houses in eco-districts using a modular system, Palari and SML want to meet two major challenges. Like the 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 using 3D printing, Palari and SML used few materials and thus managed to reduce costs.

While providing affordable housing is a priority for Palari and SML, the companies are also committed to providing housing that is much more environmentally friendly than traditional housing. Today, building construction is responsible for almost 40% of carbon emissions, and conventional construction methods also generate significant amounts of waste. While the actors of the project do not specify the machines used or the materials, such as ICON and its House Zero project, Palari and SML want to take advantage of the advantages 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 technologies, as noted by Palrai CEO Basil Starr. You can find out more in the press release HERE.

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