3D printing project in Leamington, Ont. build affordable homes
A first-of-its-kind affordable home construction project is underway in Leamington, Ontario. after Nidus3D and Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex began pouring the walls of four new 3D-printed homes on Thursday.
It is part of a research partnership with the University of Windsor and others to analyze and build the first 3D printed houses for residential use in Canada.
“It’s totally innovative, and it’s about trying to shake things up in housing,” says Fiona Coughlin, executive director of Habitat for Humanity. “Trying to reduce waste, trying to speed up housing construction and trying to reduce costs.”
Coughlin says 3D printing could be a game-changing solution to the current housing crisis, suggesting that over time, 3D printing could increase construction efficiency, promote housing density and reduce some associated costs. to construction.
“We thought this would be the first 3D-printed house for residential use in Canada, and found out last week that it would actually be the first multi-unit residential building in North America. So it’s amazing,” adds Coughlin.
The project will result in four units, in a free-standing house, inside a quadruplex design.
Officials say they will be accessible, net-zero ready and compliant with local planning and building regulations for residential use.
Coughlin hopes affordable 3D-printed homes will become more common as research progresses.
“We need to find new and innovative ways to meet the challenges. We know that in Windsor-Essex there are over 6,000 people at risk of homelessness. And we have a lot of people who aren’t even at risk of homelessness, but are struggling to find something affordable and reachable,” Coughlin says.
Units of 500 square feet are considered “tiny” with around $600,000 budgeted for the project.
Coughlin tells CTV News that this unique build is partially funded by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Innovation Fund.
“One of the things that will come out at the end is a cost-benefit analysis. So we’re actually going to report on the cost of research and what has been invested in research, and which items are one-time costs” , Coughlin says, “And then what would be the costs that would be for anyone who wants to copy our work, and we will publish all of that so that someone can take what we have learned and build on it and do even better than us.”
The houses will be available through another partnership with the Bridge Youth Resource Center for individuals and couples in need of accessible housing. Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex and the University of Windsor hope to advance the partnership by pairing students with Habitat to continue learning from this funding.
“They are going to be beautiful.” Coughlin explains. “It’s going to have that urban concrete feel. We’re also going to create this real urban design on the inside to really give them that New York loft look, and then each individual has a home that they can put their own spin on and really put their own stamp on. this.”
Officials say they hope the units will be ready to move in by July 2022.