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Groups partner and complete first 3D printed homes in Canada

Groups partner and complete first 3D printed homes in Canada
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WINDSOR-ESSEX — Habitat for Humanity, Huntsman Building Solutions, spray foam contractor Great Northern Insulation and Nidus3D recently developed and used a giant 3D printer to build net neutral, energy efficient and affordable housing.

WINDSOR, ONT. — Huntsman Building Solutions (HBS), Nidus3D, Great Northern Insulation (GNI) and Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex recently joined forces and completed the first 3D printed homes in Canada, a project that is expected to provide affordable housing to those at risk of homelessness through The Bridge Youth Resource Centre.

Four units have been built and certified, with designs focused on accessibility and net-zero emissions. The four-plex housing offers a kitchen and living space, a bathroom with mechanicals and a bedroom.

The project began in 2021, when Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex partnered with the University of Windsor, GNI, HBS and Nidus3D, among others, to research and develop the first 3D printed homes for residential use in Canada.

HBS’s closed-cell pour-in-place foam “PIP Foam 250” was used.

Because the product provides an air and vapour barrier and weather resistance, less products are required for the construction process which translates to lowered costs, construction times as well as lowered environmental impact, a release states.

The venture was supported by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Innovation Fund.

“This was a new idea which required creativity, flexibility and patience as we worked through the design and testing process to deliver a high-quality, energy efficient and net-neutral final product which could comfortably house those in need of assistance,” said Fiona Coughlin, CFRE, executive director and CEO for Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex, in a statement.


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