Made in Windsor: When will we see the first 3D printed residential homes in Canada?
Windsor, Ont. –
A team of researchers from the University of Windsor have partnered with local Habitat for Humanity to build four 3D printed homes for residential use in Windsor-Essex.
Officials from the Center for Engineering Innovation and Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex say it will be the first 3D printed residential homes in Canada.
“Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone has the right to a safe, decent and affordable place to live,” said Fiona Coughlin, Executive Director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex.
“As this cutting edge technology evolves, we are excited to partner with the University of Windsor to find ways to provide housing solutions in our community. “
Coughlin states that current building codes in Canada do not have these new 3D printing technologies in mind and that one of the goals of this collaboration is to design a 3D printed home that meets the code requirements of the residential building. Coughlin hopes he will produce “landmark precedents” for future cost-effective and environmentally sustainable practices in building homes across the country.
University of Windsor civil engineering professor and project leader Dr Sreekanta Das says the project will help meet the need for a more affordable and environmentally friendly housing market.
“Traditional concrete construction requires more materials,” explains Das. “The panels, usually made of wood, are used to create enclosures into which concrete can be poured to form a mold. With 3D printing, the need for panels is eliminated, which ultimately makes construction much cheaper and faster.
A team of graduate engineering students and lab technicians will work alongside Dr Das and 3D print concrete segments on a large-scale industrial printer in the university’s structural engineering testing lab – l one of the tallest and tallest in Canada – and will test them extensively. for strength, durability and durability to ensure they are safe for residential use.
Das claims that 3D printed construction dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions generated by the construction industry, claiming that a house can be printed with as few as three people in a much shorter time frame and at a much lower cost.
Das predicts that once construction processes are perfected, multiple homes can be printed in a matter of days.
The goal is to have all four houses built by April 2022.