Can 3D printed homes solve the urban housing crisis?
“Building houses is massively wasteful. During the construction process, building projects accumulate giant piles of garbage from off-cuts of lumber and drywall to pallets that carry materials and the packaging they come in. And once operating, homes consume huge amounts of energy.
“It turns out if you triage the world and you ask where are all these ecological health issues coming from, you get a surprising answer,” Jason Ballard, co-founder and president of ICON, says. “It’s not the gas guzzling SUVs and private jets; it’s buildings, especially homes. They are the number one consumer of energy by sector and the number two user of water.”
Ballard’s company is pioneering a method to 3D print homes out of concrete that will reduce their waste and energy consumption, as well as their cost, by significant margins. And it’s partnering with New Story, a charity that builds housing in developing nations, to bring inexpensive, efficient, attractive, and innovative housing to the world’s poorest communities…”
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