Habitat For Humanity Creates First 3D House

Habitat for Humanity has created its first 3D printed Habitat house in the U.S. in Williamsburg, VA. The Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg dedicated the home to a family on December 21. The organization partnered with Alquist, a company that creates 3D housing and infrastructure. They broke ground in July and the construction printed the 1,200-square-foot home in 28 hours – reducing the standard construction schedule by at least four weeks. Alquist’s use of concrete for the walls saved an estimated 15 per cent per square foot in building costs. Concrete better retains temperature, saving on heating and cooling costs, and is more resistant to tornado and hurricane damage. Virginia Tech’s proprietary Raspberry Pi-based monitoring system will be utilized in the home to track and maintain indoor environment data to enable a series of smart building applications. The home will be outfitted with solar panels for even more cost savings after the family moves in. Interestingly, Alquist installs a 3D printer in the kitchen of every home it builds. The homeowner will receive a downloadable computer file that will allow them to print knobs, light switch covers, and other replaceable parts.