Could 3D-Printed Houses Change The Face Of Affordable Housing?

By Mark Brodie
Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 11:25am
Updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 3:20pm

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Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona
The print head adds a layer to Habitat for Humanity's 3D-printed house in Tempe.

Tempe will be home to Habitat for Humanity’s first 3D-printed home.

The roughly 1,700-square-foot house will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms; around 70% of the home will come from the 3D-printer, including all inside and outside walls. The rest of the house will be built using traditional methods.

The project is generating optimism that using 3D-printers to build houses could help alleviate the Valley’s affordable housing crisis.

Jason Barlow is the president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona and believes 3D-printed homes have the potential to change the face of the affordable housing crisis, at least over next couple of years.

The Show spoke with him to learn what makes him so optimistic that this method can succeed.

Habitat for Humanity 3D-printed house Tempe Arizona
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View from 19th Street of the construction site for Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona's 3D-printed house in Tempe on June 9, 2021.

The 3D-printed house will be going up near Broadway Road and Hardy Drive in Tempe, and it is expected to be done in early fall.

The city estimates it’ll need about 11,000 more affordable housing units by 2040 to keep pace with current demand, and Mayor Corey Woods hopes projects like this one can help Tempe meet that goal. 

The Show spoke with Woods to learn why this is a good idea for Tempe.

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