3D printing is now a reality for small structures, and may soon be able to “print” larger buildings on site.
Will Your Next House Be Printed?
Using recycled industrial waste, construction waste, and concrete, a Chinese company recently “printed” 10 small buildings at their factory near Shanghai. The process involves grinding the materials and creating a thick, quick-drying slurry that the machine lays down layer by layer. The company says the buildings cost just under $5000 USD each.
This process offers great potential for creating affordable housing and other buildings all over the world. Some people envision taking the printer to the job site and printing a structure all at once. Others think modular components could be printed at the factory and delivered to the job site ready to assemble.
Dee Williams tiny house
Here’s a New York Times article about Dee Williams’ tiny house. With just 84 square feet, this one is really tiny. It’s well designed and beautifully crafted, and a couple photovoltaic panels provide her electricity. She has it parked on a friend’s lot, which seems to be the major issue with tiny houses—where do you put it?
More about tiny homes:
Tiny Homes Can Serve Diverse Housing Needs
Is This the Best Tiny House Design?
Tiny Homes with Great Design
A Tiny House in the Back Yard
A Tiny House Village
Tiny Homes and Green Neighborhoods
LEED-ND was developed jointly by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Congress for The New Urbanism, and the United States Green Building Council.
Does LEED-ND Work for Established Neighborhoods?
Similar in ambition and execution to GBCA’s Green Star – Communities program, LEED-ND provides a framework for “greener” development on a neighbourhood scale. Thanks to the different missions of the principles involved in its genesis, LEED-ND combines elements of green building, New Urbanism, and smart growth.
More about LEED: