In February, Shanghai-based company WinSun (盈创) made waves in global media by creating the world’s first 3D printed villa. According to WinSun, the villa was printed using a mix of “glass fiber, steel, cement hardening agents and recycled construction waste.”

The villa took just three hours to assemble, and the company believes that 3D printed buildings can reduce mining residuals and construction waste. In addition to recycled material, WinSun is exploring other eco-friendly printing materials like sand from northern China.

China’s multi-billion real estate industry is entering a new era of green building. Government policy is one factor helping to drive the green movement in China’s real estate industry. In the past decade, China has passed numerous policies to promote energy conservation and reduce air pollution, like the 2007 “Green Credit” policy, which requires banks to stop lending to companies that are on the MEP blacklist for environmental violations.

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Eva Xiao

Eva Xiao is a tech reporter based in Shanghai. Contact her at eva.xiao@technode.com or evawxiao (wechat & twitter).