16 Mar Really! Building great homes at low cost in under 24 hours with 3-D printers!
The world is technologically developing very quickly. It’s very difficult to keep up with all the innovations being created across all sectors of industry.
Architecture and architectural design are on the forefront of integrated technological advances such as LED lighting, security systems and remote monitoring devices that make home and property owners feel so much safer without sacrificing fashion, style or elegance.
Constructors are increasingly introducing 3-D printing into their businesses, as well as many others, by using this technology for many things, including to prefabricate homes and bridges at a fraction of the price and time of traditional methods.
Start-up San Francisco-based company Apis Cor recently built a home from scratch in less than a day using a special 3-D printer at a cost of just over US$10,000. Now that’s amazing!
The finishing touches to the home were carried out by human workers who installed the roof, windows, doors, electrical wiring and insulation.
Lighting and Interiors has rounded up some other innovations that are knocking on the doors of homeowners everywhere as sooner or later these will become relevant to the construction of sustainable houses.
For example, floating solar panels. And as AD reported, Japan is taking the lead with plans to build the largest floating solar installation with 51,000 solar panels that will have a capacity to generate just over 16,000 megawatt-hours per year, which is enough to power about 5,000 homes.
The project is expected to be completed next year and will be constructed over the surface of the Yamakura Dam reservoir, some 43 miles south-east of the capital Tokyo.
About time someone came up with a smog-eating tower. Yes, you read correctly. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and his team created a 23-foot-high structure which was built in Beijing, China, possibly one of the most contaminated cities in the world.
The tower “inhales” about 30,000 cubic meters of pollution per hour and operates almost entirely on wind energy.
Another amazing creation is a device capable of converting fog into drinkable water.
According to Architecture Digest, a group of German and Moroccan scientists built a series of nets along the edges of the Sahara desert, in the dry and mountainous parts of south-west Morocco.
The instrument can produce enough fresh water to hydrate 500 people in a nearby village.