Sustainable

Mighty Buildings’ 3D-Printed Homes Points To The Future Of Sustainable Housing

There is a problem with housing in this country. From decades of bad public housing policy to retrofitting the suburbs for sustainability to near consistent affordable housing shortages, we have to start looking at more innovative housing solutions. Not looking to solve all that, but certainly falling somewhere within the mix is Mighty Buildings, an Oakland based company 3D-printing generally affordable homes. All you have to do is find a place to put them.

Which, isn’t too far fetched a concept. People are building apartments in their backyards and from a luxury standpoint, offices or extra rooms in the backyard. Like container homes, 3D printed homes seek to offer a generally affordable alternative to a small, sustainable home created in a non-traditional manner. 3D-printed homes are not a new concept but have mostly been stuck in the conceptual phase until recently.

Mighty Buildings built a 79,000 square foot facility and received approval under the California Factory Built Housing program as well the first UL certification under the new standard for 3D printed construction. It can create 3D-printed homes quicker and more efficiently (it’s literally a giant 3D-printer that prints homes) and sells its output for $115,000 for a studio at the low end to $285,000 for a 3b/2ba. If you live in an inflated housing market (anywhere in California for instance) then you can see the cost benefit immediately.

The innovative part here is not necessarily the methodology of 3D-printing a home instead of cutting up a series of shipping containers to make a container home, but it’s that Mighty Buildings literally developed a new composite material to build its homes, making them more energy efficient and structurally sound.

The new composite solves general issues with the existing 3D process that still involves concrete

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The Sustainable Bathroom-Sanjay Kalra – BW Businessworld

India is becoming a strong advocate of sustainability and has made significant contributions towards reducing its environmental footprint. Climate change has enforced the world to realign the way of life to suit the sustainable development. Opting for sustainability in our personal spaces, like our homes and bathrooms, is not just a trend but a necessity. Modern societies cannot operate without water, energy, heat, electricity, and fuel. It is clear that there are no limitless amounts of these resources and is, therefore, an absolute necessity for everyone to contribute their bit to sustainable development. 

With more businesses providing sustainable substitutes for everyday life, individuals can opt for a greener lifestyle. This transition can begin with homes and bathrooms, where homeowners should start investing in creating a sustainable home. On average, gross domestic water usage adds up to 500 liters per household per day and 21% of it is spent on toilet flushing alone. Thus, it is important to think of more sustainable alternatives for our daily lifestyle. 

Homeowners should consider passive solar design uses energy from sunlight to aid in heating and cooling living spaces, invest in energy-efficient appliances, recycle and reuse waste and use water preserving products such as bathroom and kitchen faucets and water closets. Something as simple as replacing fluorescent light bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs goes a long way in making a home sustainable. Consumers not looking to renovate their existing bathrooms should install a water-saving device in each toilet cistern to reduce water usage during each flush whereas consumers building a new bathroom should opt for temperature-controlled on taps, sensor-controlled fixtures, and low energy water heaters. These products not only reduce costs but help in water and energy consumption. 

We at Brilloca have been working closely with the Government to lower the standard of water

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