This eco-friendly 3D-printed tiny house can last up to 100 years and floats on water

The Czech Republic’s first 3D-printed house only takes 48 hours to print, floats on water and can last up to 100 years. 

Created by sculptor Michal Trpak, Prvok is an innovative feat. Composed of eco-technologies, the home is partially self-sufficient, has reduced carbon dioxide emissions and requires only 50 percent of standard production costs. Only 25 construction workers were needed to build the home, compared to the average 65.

The 43-square-meter home has three rooms, a bathroom, a living room, a kitchen area and a bedroom.

“The building is relatively small in size but large enough for a family of two to live in,” Trpak said in the video. “We wanted to test the principles of 3D printing and the future of 3D-printed buildings.”

A Scoolpt 3D printing robot made Prvok. It can print organic shapes easier than other printers while generating 20 percent less carbon dioxide emissions. The Scoolpt prints its special concrete mixture at a rapid six inches per second. That means Prvok is made seven times faster than conventional brick homes. The mixture is also recyclable.

“In the future, the owners can crush the building once it has run its useful life, and print it again with the same material directly on the location,” Trpak said, according to Business Insider.

Some of the home’s eco-friendly, self-sufficient features are a recirculation shower (it collects, cleans and reuses water in real-time while you use it), a green roof and reservoirs for drinking, utility and sewage. 

Prvok can be built anywhere in the world and functions comfortably in both urban and country areas. The creators hope it will redefine how homes are constructed.

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