Habitat for Humanity’s next 3D printed home for a family
- Habitat for Humanity has partnered with Alquist, a 3D printing house building company.
- Together, the association and Alquist will build a 3D printed house in Williamsburg, Virginia.
- The house will later be sold to a family of three.
Habitat for Humanity has partnered with Alquist, a 3D printing home builder, to create a 3D printed home in Williamsburg, Virginia, in an effort to solve the housing crisis in the United States.
This isn’t Habitat for Humanity’s first 3D printing rodeo. In mid-June, the association announced that it would use the German company Peri’s COBOD “build a printer on demand” – or BOD2 – to 3D print a house in Tempe, Arizona.
“When we consider the housing issues facing Arizona, the need for affordable homeownership solutions becomes clear,” said Jason Barlow, president and CEO of Habitat Central Arizona, in the release. press of the time. “If we can provide decent, affordable and more energy efficient homes at a lower cost, in less time and with less waste, we believe that could be a real game-changer. “
Now, Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg are bringing this 3D printing mission to the east coast with help from Alquist, who will begin building and printing the walls for the house later this month. Similar to Peri, Alquist is a partner of COBOD, according to Alquist’s website.
Like the Tempe, Arizona home, the goal of this upcoming Williamsburg, VA home is to deal with the housing crisis, especially soaring home prices and slow construction times.
Now let’s take a look at the next 3D printed house
Like other home 3D printing companies, Alquist’s printing system uses concrete, creating a construction method that saves time and money, according to the press release. Concrete also insulates the house while making it resistant to tornadoes and hurricanes.
When complete, the 3D printed home will measure 1,200 square feet with its three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It will also be EarthCraft certified, which means the unit will be both green and energy efficient.
Like other Habitat for Humanity houses, the project will be built by volunteers, sponsors and people who wish to purchase the final unit.
In this case, someone named April and her family of three will be purchasing this 3D printed house. From there, his zero-rate mortgage, taxes and insurance will account for about 30% of his income, which is already 80% below the median income level of his community, according to the press release.
“We have seen first-hand how the Habitat for Humanity housing program improves the quality of life for families,” said Janet Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, in the Press release. “We are excited to build a 3D home for this family and help them realize their dream of home ownership.”