3D-Printing Homes for Low-Cost Housing Communities

MELBOURNE, Fla. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Apis Cor, the company that 3D prints buildings, announced the construction industry’s only Affordable Housing Cooperative Program (AHCP) for the design, development and production of low-cost, 3D-printed homes. Apis Cor, recognized for developing the first robots and equipment capable of 3D printing full-scale buildings completely on site, is launching the AHCP with Eden VillageSMASH, and VPG Enterprise. Planning and defining the cost requirements, environments, and community needs of each project has begun. AHCP partners will break ground and 3D-print their first homes in 2023.

“Affordable housing is a complex problem and it differs from city to city and state to state,” said Anna Cheniuntai, CEO and Co-Founder of Apis Cor. “We know 3D-printing technology can be adapted to satisfy a wide range of needs, environments and specific building design and cost requirements. We created a cooperative program to innovate and scale the construction of affordable 3D-printed houses to contribute to society.”

“We believe Apis Cor’s 3D-printing technology is the future of construction. Working with Apis Cor to design and develop a 3D-printed home that can be replicated makes it possible to provide a private home to a very needy person,” said Thomas Dalton, M.D., co-founder, Eden Village Wilmington, N.C. “We can build houses faster, at a much lower cost and with less waste. Furthermore, 3D printing opens the horizons for alternative and eco-friendly materials.”

Over the next five years, more than 4,100 new units are needed to meet growth in Wilmington, NC. University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Center for Housing and Community Studies reports ‘half of all rental households in the county are cost-burdened, meaning they pay a disproportionate share — 30% or more — of their income on housing.’

“Apis Cor’s novel 3D-printing technology and advanced materials are the future of construction,” said Michael Merideth, co-founder VPG Enterprises and VPG Construction. “A well-designed 3D printed home is resistant to environmental hazards that we deal with such as mold and is resilient to natural disasters we see happening on a more frequent basis.”

New Orleans will need to build 17,006 affordable units by 2029 to accommodate the city’s current population, according to the 2021 HousingNOLA annual report card.

“In a market where land is prohibitively expensive like Miami, and where there are limited funds for housing production, the 3D printing technology of a company like Apis Cor is the kind of market disruption that could finally provide conscious builders with the means to meet the extraordinary demand for affordable housing in the county,” added Madriz.

Miami-Dade Affordable Housing Framework states that Miami needs 215,000 new units of affordable housing by the year 2030.

“We are excited to provide people with the opportunity to join us in reimagining how construction works for affordable housing,” commented Cheniuntai. “We have a wealth of 3D-printing knowledge to offer our partners.”

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