Zero net energy 3D printed home community planned for Rancho Mirage


A video shows how new cutting-edge, sustainable homes are now being built.

They're using a massive robotic, 3D printer to make Lego-like components.

The revolutionary process allows a single home to be built in one month.

"It is perfect for Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage because it is mid-century modern design that is so popular in the desert," said Palari Group founder and CEO Basil Starr.

Currently, a model home sits on a lot behind the Equestrian Center in Rancho Mirage.

But soon, the lot will become The Palari Villas.

The development features a total of 30 net zero energy 3D printed homes.

It's the first development of its kind in the world.

"We've received thousands of inquiries from all over the world in the last couple of weeks alone," said Starr.

Starr says the project is already sold out.

Thirty homes, each with a pool, will be built at the site in Rancho Mirage.

Prices start at $595,000.

Starr says the material used to make the homes is a stone composite, which he says is fire-resistant, water-resistant, and termite-proof.

"The process itself generates 99 percent less waste than a traditional process because you're able to print exactly what you need and not waste the excess," said Starr.

Zero net energy means the homes will generate more power than they use, thanks to the use of solar panels and optional Tesla Powerwalls.

"I"m very excited to bring that to the market." said Starr.

Starr says similar projects are in the works for another location in Rancho Mirage and one in Palm Springs.

The Palm Springs project has the support of a member of the Palm Springs Architectural Alliance.

"We're known as a very creative open mind community. Our focus really has to do with affordability and sustainability," said the group's co-founder, Richard Burkett.