Habitat for Humanity’s first 3D printed house on the east coast goes to buyer whose grandmother also owned a concrete house

When April Stringfield took the keys to his new 3 bedroom home in Virginia, a special part of history was written.

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April and his 13-year-old son’s new home is the first Habitat for Humanity built on the East Coast using 3D printing.

With high lumber prices, Habitat for Humanity saved about 15% per square foot compared to its normal construction costs.

The 1,200 square foot 2 full bath home uses concrete, which retains temperature better than wood, and will save on heating and cooling costs. It is also more resistant to damage from tornadoes and hurricanes.

A concrete house is also the same type April fondly remembers her great-grandmother once owned – and she’s delighted to carry on the tradition.

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Surprisingly, the entire skeleton was built in just 12 hours, saving around 4 weeks of construction time, using printing machines from a Virginia company called Alquist.

There’s even a miniature 3D printer that comes with the house that could reprint parts like light switch covers, should it need a repair.

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A lot of people think Habitat is selling houses, but they are actually selling houses to low to moderate income families, issuing a 20 or 30 year interest-free mortgage that the new owners then pay off monthly.

The Habitat program for homebuyers becomes available to people who provide more than 300 hours of volunteer service and who earn between 45 and 80% of a region’s median income.

April, who worked full-time for five years at a nearby hotel, logged her 300 hours of sweat, and some were spent helping the team on the construction site that would become her first home.

The addition of solar panels and a smart home system based on Virginia Tech’s exclusive technology will ensure April and her son have low energy costs while maintaining comfort.

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“I can’t imagine a better Christmas present,” she said during the dedication ceremony on the porch. There was even a decorated tree in the living room.

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