Posts Tagged ‘earthquake’

3D Printed Home Can Withstand Magnitude 8 Earthquake

January 25th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Inhabitat.

A company in China claims to have taken 3D printed homes to a whole new level.

According to Inhabitat, Beijing-based HuaShang Tengda printed a two-story villa that checks in at 4,305 square feet.

And they say it’s durable enough to withstand an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale.

[This technology] will have immeasurable social benefits…because of its speed, low cost, simple and environmentally friendly raw materials, [it can] generally improve the quality of people’s lives,” the company said in a statement.

While HuaShang Tengda is not the first company in China to claim they’ve 3D-printed a house, they may be the first to have printed the entire home at once, rather than printing and then assembling pieces.

The company first constructed the home’s frame, including pipes. Then they used the large 3D printer to construct the house.

The process was controlled via a software that has four systems – one for what HuaShang Tengda calls “electronic ingredient formulating,” one for mixing the concrete, one for transmission, and one to 3D-print the structure.


Credit: Inhabitat.

The company says they envision their technology being used to build everything from homes for farmers in rural areas to high-rise buildings to houses in developing countries.

They also believe the new technology could spark a revolution in the housing industry as their 3D-printed homes can be built faster, and cheaper, than traditional dwellings.

The Daily Business News has covered the rise of 3D printed homes extensively, including other Chinese, Russian and Dutch 3D home projects, and asking the tough question: “Is America losing the 3D Technology race in housing?” ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.

Developer to Build Modular Units in New Zealand

June 10th, 2014 Comments off

Real estate developer Ian Cassels of New Zealand intends to build 2,000 two-bedroom modular apartment units for Wellington measuring about 225 square feet each. As director of The Wellington Company, Cassels has already signed a contract to develop land owned by the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, where a prototype of City Blox has been assembled in Shelly Bay. As reports, if this plan gets the go ahead, he hopes to build more modular units in Christchurch where a housing void continues following the Feb. 2011 earthquake that destroyed 10,000 homes, which MHProNews last covered March 5, 2014. ##

(Image credit:–artist’s rendering of modular apartments)

Earthbag Home Will Resist Disasters

May 19th, 2014 Comments off

While news of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti has disappeared from the headlines, efforts continue to re-build homes for the many left homeless. A recent effort by architect Nader Khalili and Cal-Earth involves filling polypropylene bags with earth, sand, clay, water and fibrous materials like sticks and straw to create a domed compression structure that will resist earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and fire. Combining these materials with ten percent concrete and community labor instead of specialized machinery results in a product stronger than cinder block or concrete slab. As informs, this technique uses very little or no wood, an invaluable asset in timber-starved Haiti. ##

(Photo credit: Konbit Shelter/–Home made of 90 percent gathered materials)

New Zealand Companies Join to Produce Modular Homes

March 5th, 2014 Comments off

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key attended the announcement ceremony of a joint venture between two Christchurch-based companies to build and operate New Zealand’s first major panelized building factory. Building manufacturer Spanbild and the country’s largest privately owned group home builder, Mike Greer Homes, will form NZ Panelized, to manufacture pre-constructed walls, floors and roof panels that will significantly increase the productivity and efficiency of buildings. As reports, Mr. Brownlee says half of the construction demand in the country is for housing. He notes, “It makes sense for the construction sector to start looking more closely at alternative building methods to manage demand without compromising on quality. I’m supportive of any enhancements that can build homes faster, cheaper and on time.” As reported Aug. 21, 2012, a housing void resulting from the 10,000 homes destroyed in the Feb. 2011 Christchurch earthquake continues. ##

(Photo credit: Wikipedia–earthquake damage in Christchurch, New Zealand)

Modular Housing at Issue in New Zealand Elections

December 30th, 2013 Comments off

As national elections loom in New Zealand, boosting the country’s housing stock is becoming a major battleground issue, according to While both major parties agree more affordable housing is needed, their solutions differ. The Labour party’s approach is the government funding of 100,000 homes over the next ten years, while the National party, now in power, is proposing 39,000 homes in and around Auckland stimulated by private builders. The Labour party is especially interested in modular housing because of its lower cost and faster production techniques. Its plan is to sell the homes once they are produced. However, both plans may hinge on the availability of developers, many of whom are still busy in Christchurch where the Feb., 2011 earthquake demolished thousands of homes, as MHProNews March 21, 2011.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia–earthquake in New Zealand, Feb. 2011)

Construction of World’s Tallest Building (Modular) on Hold

July 26th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews published June 19, 2012 regarding the Broad Group’s plan to build the tallest skyscraper in the world using modular construction, the July 20, 2013 groundbreaking in China’s Hunan Province was a festive affair but short-lived: Local government officials suspended the project allegedly because the Broad Group did not have a building permit. The 2,749 foot tall building, with 220 floors, termed Sky City, will withstand a 9.0 earthquake, according to the builders, who did assemble a 30-story modular hotel in 15 days working round the clock. Bloomberg reports it may be that local officials will be overruled by the Chinese Communist Party, which has an eye on projecting a national vitality to its citizens and the outside world. However, the last thing China wants, especially in light of current real estate conditions in the country due to an economic slowdown, is another empty building. Original plans said the extent of sustainability in the construction process would result in energy use one-fifth of a comparable building, and that the structure would be completed by Jan. 2013. The government does see modular construction as the future of urban residential development, and the monster building, said to accommodate 100,000, may yet see the light of day.

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Earthquake may lead to Modular Home Industry

August 21st, 2012 Comments off

RadioNewZealand reports the earthquake that rocked Christchurch, New Zealand Feb. 22, 2011 may lead to the development of a modular home industry as part of rebuilding the city that was so heavily damaged, with 10,000 homes that need to be replaced. The Dunedin City Council said a whole new industry could be created building modular houses. Thirty billion dollars has been earmarked for reconstruction efforts, and while the effort in rebuilding has gotten off to a slow start, a local school said enrollment in the trades has risen 15 percent. Dunedin, south of Christchurch but also on the coast, is just one community that hopes to benefit from the reconstruction efforts. As MHProNews has learned, firms outside Dunedin will need to find a partner company in Christchurch to work with.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia—Christchurch earthquake)

Modular Hotel Erected in 360 Hours

January 10th, 2012 Comments off

Yahoo!News’ TrendingNow has a time-lapse video of a 30-story, 183,000 square-foot modular hotel being built in China’s Hunan Province near the Dongting Lake in 15 days. Teams from China’s The Broad Group worked around the clock, non-stop, attaching the modules to a steel structure. According to the builders, the hotel can withstand a 9.0 earthquake, and the four-paned windows are five times more energy efficient than those of typical buildings.

(Photo credit: YahooNews)

Canadian factory builder comes to the U.S.

September 8th, 2011 Comments off

ICI_logoFitsnews reports that Toronto Canada based Innovative Composites International, Inc. (ICI) has announced it will build a new production facility in Orangeburg County, SC.  The $9.3 million investment is expected to generate 300 new jobs over five years. “South Carolina has provided us with an excellent location for our new operations. We are pleased to move forward with plans to locate our new operations in Orangeburg County. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Bryce Clark, Vice President of Manufacturing for ICI. “South Carolina is a pro-business state, and we celebrate ICI’s decision to invest here and create 300 new jobs. This is also another win for one of our rural areas,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. The state and local governments provided various incentives to make ICI’s decision enticing. The turn-key, 880-square-foot houses can be assembled in about two days.  ICI’s homes are earthquake and hurricane resistant. Being in SC provides ICI a close proximity to hurricane and disaster relief situations. The company’s houses provide portable as well as permanent fast deployment solutions for disaster relief situations, mining camps, troop/command shelters and other housing needs. “South Carolina’s business-friendly environment continues to create jobs. We are not only adding a solid manufacturing firm to our state with this announcement, we are also strengthening our ties with our foreign trading partners,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

(Graphic credit: ICI corporate logo)

New Zealand Ups the Need for Modulars

March 21st, 2011 Comments off

A post originally published here March 14 said Christchuch, New Zealand, would receive 500 modular homes to temporarily house people while their homes are repaired following the Feb. 22 earthquake.  Now, says the Department of Building and Housing is requesting 2500 modular homes, because housing for out-of-town work crews is also needed.  There are also 450 RVs available. In a related article, TVNZ reports that up to 5000 modular homes may be needed before winter to house the displaced, because of estimates that 5000 homes were damaged beyond safe inhabitation.