Smart design

Accelerating green building through smart design

We can significantly reduce the environmental footprint of buildings and infrastructure, especially by using digital tools. For example, 3D printing can reduce the amount of materials used in construction by up to 70% compared to conventional structures.

 

A new language for concrete

At the 2021 Venice Biennale we unveiled Striatus, the first of its kind 3D Concrete Printed bridge. Striatus establishes a new language for concrete that is digital, environmentally advanced and circular by design, using concrete at its best.

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Striatus: Minimum amount of materials for maximum strength

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14 trees malawi school
 

Deploying 3D printing technology at scale

Through our joint venture 14Trees, we deployed 3D printing technology in Malawi to build the world’s first 3D printed school. This was done at record speed, with the walls up in just 18 hours, positioning us to play a key role in bridging Malawi’s critical education infrastructure gap, estimated at 36,000 classrooms.

We plan to build more schools and houses using 3D printing in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Kenya in the near future

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ORIS enables a more local and circular economy in road construction

ORIS is the first global material platform enabling sustainable roads from design to maintenance in a data-driven way. Roads designed with ORIS can reduce their environmental footprint by up to 50% and costs by up to 15% while increasing durability. Our ORIS solution provides a material intelligence platform for circular, low CO2, resource-efficient and long-lasting roads.

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Can roads lead to a sustainable future?

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If it’s not sustainably designed, it’s not designed. You can do a lot to reach net zero with good design: including proper orientation, landscaping between buildings, and passive ventilation.

Deborah Weintraub
Chief Deputy City Engineer, City of Los Angeles
Deborah Weintraub
 

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