- An Australian architecture company is printing 3D houses made of hemp.
- The houses are made to be eco-friendly and can help decrease the release of carbon dioxide.
- Digital prototypes of the houses are currently being made.
Mirreco, an Australian carbon architecture company, is 3D printing hemp bioplastic walls, roofs, and floors to create eco-friendly homes. The homes are carbon-neutral, meaning they do not release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and can store a large amount of CO2 in its walls. The homes also only take a couple of weeks to construct.
Mirreco hopes that their printed hemp polymer panels will become popular among residential and commercial builders across the globe. The hemp bioplastic that they produce is not only better for the environment, but it is much easier to work with than cement, making the construction process much faster and cleaner.
Mirreco claims that their hemp panels are “structurally sound, easy to produce, and provide superior thermal performance.”
They have also teamed up with Arcforms, an architecture firm, to produce digital prototypes of houses that will be available for printing and assembly.
Advantages of Hemp
Hemp has an advantage over cement because it is a renewable resource that is rapidly gaining acceptance across the world. While cement has always been a staple in the construction field, it requires sand to make and runs the risk of not being able to sustain high demand for an extended period of time.
On top of that, the sand that is often harvested for cement production is from riverbeds, resulting in damage to the ecosystem. This can cause issues for every living creature in the body of water, including both fish and plants. Mirreco’s use of hemp bioplastic will help to reduce the amount of sand needed for construction.
Special Features of 3D Printed Hemp Houses
Mirreco’s hemp houses will have many special features, with some including:
- Construction time measured in weeks, as opposed to the months or years that it can take to build a traditional home.
- Walls, roofs, and floors made of hemp polymer, making repairs easy and cheap.
- Windows that convert passing UV light into electricity.
3D printing has come a long way since its inception, and it is on course to be a big part of our future. Mirreco’s 3D printed hemp houses will likely become a big hit and gain a lot of popularity, especially with other places around the world using the same technology.
In fact, a Dutch town named Bosrijk will soon become the first place with inhabitable 3D-printed houses.