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Week in Tech: A 3D-Printed Option for a Hot Housing Market

Week in Tech: A 3D-Printed Option for a Hot Housing Market

Written by David

June 11, 2021


Alquist has partnered with Virginia Tech on 217 Carnation St. , aiming to put Virginia’s first 3D-printed house on the market and ease the state’s shortage of affordable housing stock. Alquist and Virginia Tech will use a COBOD BOD2 3D printer from Denmark to print the walls of the three-bedroom, two-bathroom single-family project from concrete.


By leveraging the material’s thermal efficiency, the team expects the house to be 50% more energy-efficient than required by state code. Alquist and Virginia Tech estimate that the prototype house will hit the market at $210,000, but that the cost of future projects will decrease . [ Alquist ] Syracuse University has revealed plans to retrofit an existing dorm on the institution’s South campus, transforming the structure into a net-zero “living laboratory,” according to a university press release. Spearheaded by architectural technology professor Nina Sharifi and funded largely by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority REV Campus Communities Energy to Lead program, the $1.59 million project aims to produce as much—or more—energy as it consumes and “develop replicable approaches that can be applied to buildings constructed prior to 1980 […]

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