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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Virginia family found keys to Habitat for Humanity’s first 3D-printed house in the US

Janet V. Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, told CNN that it partnered with 3D printing company Alquist to start the process earlier this year. Alquist’s team raided the house.

The 1,200-square-foot home has three bedrooms, two full baths, and is built out of concrete.

The technology allowed the house to be built in just 12 hours, saving about four weeks of construction time for a typical house.

April Stringfield purchased the home through the Habitat Homebuyer Program. She will be coming in time for the holidays with her 13-year-old son.
“My son and I are very grateful,” Stringfield said in a live feed on Habitat’s Facebook page. “I’ve always wanted to be a homeowner. It’s like a dream come true.”

To buy the home, Stringfield entered into hundreds of hours of sweat equity, Green told CNN, which is one of the requirements for home buyers through the program.

“Every Habitat partner in the country and around the world sells homes to partner families that have low to moderate incomes,” Green said. “They should have and maintain good credit and be willing to partner with us.”
“I’m excited to make new memories in Williamsburg, and one house in particular,” Stringfield told CNN affiliate WTKR. “Somewhere I can call home and give my son that backyard he can play in and my puppy to run around the yard too.”
Janet V. Green, right, welcomes April Stringfield, left, to her new home.
Concrete used in home 3D construction has many long-term benefits, such as its ability to maintain temperature and withstand natural disasters, such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

Stringfield’s home also includes a personal 3D printer that will allow him to reprint anything he needs, “everything from electrical outlets to cabinet knobs,” Green told CNN.

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While this is the first 3D Home for Habitat for Humanity in America, it certainly won’t be the last. Green told CNN that he looks forward to continuing to partner with and develop the technology used with printing.

“We would love to build more with this technology, especially because it’s a long-term savings for homeowners,” Green said.


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