Now, a team in the Czech Republic has designed and developed a 3D printed house that not only reduces carbon emissions by 20% but is also ready in just 48 hours.
It's a cozy size, it looks great, and it floats — what more could you need?
You may be surprised to hear that the construction industry gives off 39% of the world's carbon emissions, while the aviation industry "only" contributes 2%. If building materials and strategies aren't changed rapidly, these will continue to have a significant impact on our planet and climate change.
With this in mind, the team of two who started the Prvok project decided to design and develop a 3D printed 43 square meter home that floats. The main team consists of Michal Trpak, a sculptor, and Stavebni Sporitelna Ceske Sporitelny, who is a member of the Erste building society.
By being completed in just 48 hours, the house is built seven times faster than through traditional methods, and construction costs are cut by half. That's right, 50% less! Not only that, but the 3D printing method reduces carbon emissions by 20%.
The team will use a robotic arm called Scoolpt, which can print as quickly as 15 cm per second.
The comfy house consists of a bedroom, a living room, a bathroom, and a kitchen. It's designed so that whoever is living in it can do so all year round, and it will be anchored on a floating pontoon.
What's more, the Prvok house is partially self-sufficient and runs with eco-technologies. Water from the shower can be recirculated, it uses a green roof, and there is a reservoir for utility, drinking, and sewage water. It's also meant to be able to live as it is for up to 100 years in any environment.
So it looks stylish, is good for the environment, doesn't cost an arm and a leg, is usable in any environment and is ready in just two days? Where can you sign up for one?