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On June 1st 2021, newspaper The Daily Sun revealed that development on what claims to be the world’s first community of 3D printed net zero energy houses was in limbo, due to a material that Mighty Buildings of Oakland wants to use not having approval from the relevant authorities. (Mighty Buildings is a construction technologies company. The houses are intended to be net zero energy by being built with energy-efficient materials and having their energy needs satisfied via solar power.) A mix of polymers and minerals cured under ultraviolet light, Mighty Buildings’ would-be material would be used in the houses’ exterior walls, which would have to pass the relevant structural integrity tests to allow the buildings to be built.
Back in March, Mighty Buildings and developers Palari of Beverly Hills announced that they had secured a 5-acre site in Rancho Mirage and had started development on the 15 3D printed houses, such that each one would occupy a 10,000-square-foot lot. (Oakland, Beverly Hills and Rancho Mirage are all in California.) However, Palari founder and CEO Basil Starr has since claimed that the sale is only in escrow and expected to be finalised later in June. (It is unknown if the sale has actually been finalised since.)
While the city of Rancho Mirage is awaiting evidence from Palari that the would-be buildings have been approved by the state of California or a relevant governing agency, Palari is reviewing the proposed designs to ensure that they meet the relevant building codes. In any event, Mighty Buildings co-founder Sam Ruben proclaimed that Mighty Buildings wasn’t expecting there to be any problems getting the would-be material approved. Palari expects to get the relevant approvals by the end of 2021 and properly start construction on the project in January 2022.
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