Habitat for Humanity's first 3D-printed house in the U.S. goes to a Virginia family in need
Habitat for Humanity partnered with the 3D-printing company Alquist to deliver a Christmas present to one Virginia family in need, namely the organization's first 3D-printed house. Sporting three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the 1,200 square feet of the house have been created with a special concrete mix that allows 3D-printing of the walls in about 12 hours, down from the four weeks needed for the typical construction of such a home. The house was built for April Stringfield and her 13-year-old son who applied for it via the Habitat Homebuyer Program, after logging the 300 "sweat equity" hours with Habitat required to qualify:
My son and I are so thankful. I always wanted to be a homeowner. It's like a dream come true... I'm excited to make new memories in Williamsburg and especially in a house, a home. Some place I can call home and give my son that backyard that he can play in and also for my puppy to run around the yard.
Alquist says it has built the house with concrete that is better able to survive tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as isolate the home from temperature fluctuations. It has even equipped the house with its own 3D printer on which April Stringfield may reprint accessories like outlets or cabinet knobs, if needed. According to Janet V. Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg:
Every Habitat affiliate in the nation and worldwide sells home to partner families who have low to moderate incomes. They must have and maintain good credit and be willing to partner with us...
We would love to build more with this technology, especially because it's got that long-term savings for the homeowners.