Photographer: Jordan Vonderhaar for Bloomberg Green


By Todd Woody


If it can scale, the 3D-printing process promises to deliver energy-efficient and climate-resilient homes that can be built faster, in novel designs and with minimal construction waste.


Gaurav Sant, director of the Institute for Carbon Management and professor at the University of California at Los Angeles is helping Wolf Ranch in Austin, Texas’ become the world’s largest 3-D printed community. The Genesis Project is a 100 3-D printed house addition to the 2,500 planned for construction on Wolf Ranch which may be a significant innovation for residential construction overall. Sant believes that it is still undetermined whether 3-D printed houses will replace regular construction means, but is supportive towards the idea since this alternative does not leave a substantial carbon footprint. 


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