3D printing a house costs less. Way less. It takes less time. Astonishingly less. And it wastes practically nothing.
A 3D-printed home may be the answer to your dreams. It answers ours – which is to end the housing crisis in Canada.
A Dream Home. For many, that’s what a home is. A dream.
But dreams, like our ideal houses, are often out of reach.
And the dream is being realized.
The Housing Solution
The housing crisis has plagued all regions of our country for too long. We’ve witnessed the problem grow, not shrink with time. This is a problem, and the challenge of housing affordability is one we intend to help solve.
3D printing offers viable answers to the myriad problems that the crisis presents:
Affordability and Sustainability
Design Freedom at No Extra Cost
Strength, Dexterity and Longevity
Tune-able Thermal Performance
Naturally Carbon Conscious
3DPHC’s commitment is to Canada. Public and private partnerships will lay the groundwork for eradicating our country’s homelessness. Collectively, we can reduce the price of entry to the point where nearly all Canadians will be able to afford safe, comfortable housing.
Our goal is to ensure that all Canadians have a safe place to call home.
When we compare what we do to traditionally built homes, the benefits of a 3D-printed home are jaw dropping. It’s exciting. It’s hard to explain any of it without a flurry of energetic expletives.
Constructing a 3D-printed house is safer, faster, and costs less.
BETTER is a big, vague commitment. We know. Let’s break it down:
3DPHC homes are SAFER.
3DPHC’s print material chemistry partner is already making a wallboard replacement for Gyproc that is rated fireproof and flood-safe. With the interior walls also printed in that material, the whole structure becomes dramatically more fire-safe than anything else currently available.
With the changing climate, the strength and regularity of storms is growing. This demands stronger building techniques. 3DPHC structures are built of monolithic concrete. They are robust and heavy. They will be far more storm resilient than stick built houses.
Picture a job site where the construction workers carry tablets. Not tool belts. The build itself is exponentially safer than a typical construction site. Far less chance of job site injuries is no small matter.
3DPHC homes are SUSTAINABLE.
A concrete home is inherently resistant to UV rays and sun degradation.
Because we will not use Portland Cement in our formula, but instead a specialized material chemistry, we have significantly lowered the carbon footprint when compared to a similar concrete structure. “Lower carbon footprint” is actually a disservice. We mean really low.
Seriously. Not just carbon neutral. There is an opportunity to reach carbon negative!
That’s . . .well . . . that’s groundbreaking.
Next to no waste is produced. The material needed for the project is precise. No off-cuts or wastage. A savings to the environment and to the bank book. It also relieves builders from being handcuffed to retail
6”-based measurements to avoid wastage.
It holds up. A 3D-printed home should last at least 300 years. Probably a lot longer.
3DPHC homes allow wider DESIGN POSSIBILITIES.
3D-printed homes can be rectilinear, just as most traditional homes are. There’s nothing wrong with that. But an arc, curve, bow or orb is just as feasible. It isn’t a flat material. And it’s strong. The only real limits to design are the imaginations of the designers.
Three flat walls and a front facing orb wall give a smaller space a grander appearance as the eye scans from left to right and right to left. The result is a feeling of greater comfort and more room, without affecting the bottom line.
FASTER. We’re not talking 0-60, although it might feel that way. We’re talking about build time. It’s so fast you can sit and watch it get done – there may be better ways to spend your time, though. Here’s our breakdown:
A two-storey house in Belgium was printed in 26 hours. We aren’t promising that speed, but the technology can allow it. We can promise that it’ll be done exponentially (we use that word a lot) faster than traditional construction.
Speed means less intrusiveness on neighbours and neighbouring communities. A shorter build window means a project can possibly start later in the season.
Quicker construction means land is vacant and straining capital for far less time. Of course, this adds up to an even greater financial savings.
LOWER COST is simple. It’s straight-up more affordable. Lower cost isn’t subjective, just pure numbers and objectivity. Here’s our breakdown:
As we’ve already covered, materials aren’t wasted. No cost is added for cut-offs or overage. Unending trips to the landfill are history. Those savings alone are huge.
Labor is minimal. Astonishingly minimal. Typical construction rates calculate 30-50% of the home cost as labor. We’ll let you think about that.
If an affordable housing project has a budget of $10 million and 30-50% of the construction cost can be cut, just imagine how the unused capital from that budget could be invested in the community.
Whether you call it cheap or more affordable, we’re not fussed. We think you’ll agree that saving up to half of the expected cost is enough to question why you would pursue anything but 3D printing – even without the endless other benefits.
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