3D Printing Sustainable Building Components for Facades and as Window Elements

EPA Grant Number: SU835321
Title: 3D Printing Sustainable Building Components for Facades and as Window Elements
Investigators: San Fratello, Virginia , Scarpello, Biagio , Straubing, Cassandra , Cuneo, Desiree , Speer, Leslie , Wright, Shannon
Current Investigators: San Fratello, Virginia , Rosario, Jennifer Del , Moreland, Alicia , Alvarez, Anna , Binni, Anyssa , Parise, Ashley , Riordan, Benjamin , Scarpello, Biagio , Conte, Brian , Rezowalli, Brian , Straubing, Cassandra , Ho, Cassandra , McClements, Catherine , Koyama, Chiaki , Joenoes, Danny , Cuneo, Desiree , Nguyen, Dinh , Zhang, Dongdong , Pulido, Erika , Gunning, Erin , Diao, Evangeline , Wong, Hillary , Chan, Jamie , Costales, Janice , Silva, Jessica , Korbel, Jill , Jong, Justina , Li, Katherine , Chan, Katie , Nonaka, Kohei , Arqueta, Kumberlyn , Hennessee, Laura , Speer, Leslie , Chan, Liane , Knang, Linda , Tainter, Lynne , Alonso, Maria , Everling, Marissa , Wagner, Molly , Ataraxia, Nylie , Catarino, Oscar , Lewis, Samantha , Wright, Shannon , Wong, Silvia , Cassady, Tanya , Szto, Yuenman , Yunxue,
Institution: San Jose State University
EPA Project Officer: Hahn, Intaek
Phase: I
Project Period: August 15, 2012 through August 14, 2013
Project Amount: $15,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2012) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Sustainable and Healthy Communities , P3 Challenge Area - Chemical Safety , P3 Awards , Sustainable and Healthy Communities


The project is an integrative educational and research project that will revolutionize design and construction methods towards more sustainable buildings by developing recycled wood and glass 3D printed façade and window elements.


The project will develop and test new product design concepts using 3d printed materials as facade and window elements in the architectural design of buildings. The 3D materials we will be printing include pulverized wood flour, a waste product, and recycled glass. These alternative construction materials and their respective building components will result in a product that is derived from biodegradable, renewable and recyclable resources. The challenge will be to develop alternative and innovative design concepts and products that optimize on the unique properties of these materials and the process of 3D printing. The design concepts will be evaluated through professional practice peer review, materials and manufacturing analysis, prototyping, computational simulation and life cycle analysis. The positive implications for P3 will be to encourage the use of a fabrication method that minimizes waste and engages in environmentally conscious manufacturing and uses only recycled or recyclable materials, serving to preserve the planet’s natural resources

Expected Results:

The façade elements we design will be targeted at the construction industry and will be evaluated in the context of rapid manufacturing, energy conservation, thermal performance, structural strength, durability and construction assembly. The façade element designs will serve to reduce the need for expensive and energy consumptive heating and air conditioning thereby reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and reducing the amount of pollution produced to make energy.

Supplemental Keywords:

green building design, material conservation, material reuse, recycled materials, energy conservation, computer models, computational simulation, alternative construction material, plastic wood, architectural design

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Phase 2 Abstract

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report
  • P3 Phase II:

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