Soon, we’ll be able to order 3D-printed hemp houses! A Dutch town will host the world’s first five livable 3D-printed homes, with residents set to move in next year. Credit: Project Milestone
An Australian company is 3D-printing hemp bioplastic walls, floors and roofs to be used in the construction of eco-friendly prefabricated homes.
The carbon-neutral homes will take only weeks to construct and will store massive amounts of CO2 in their walls.
The company, Mirreco, hopes their 3D-printed hemp polymer panels will become the material of choice for residential and commercial builders around the world.
Not only is hemp bioplastic easier to work with than concrete, it’s way more environmentally friendly.
The hemp biomass used to make it sequesters carbon dioxide when its growing and stores it “forever” when its turned into plastic.
And unlike concrete, hemp is a renewable resource. There is simply not enough sand in the world to sustain the growing demand for conventional concrete, Business Insider explains.
“The specific type of sand needed for concrete is often harvested from riverbeds, which destroys ecosystems and threatens the biodiversity of plants, fish, and animals,” The Mind Unleashed notes.
Mirreco says their hemp plastic panels are “structurally sound, easy to produce, and provide superior thermal performance” […]