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Habitat for Humanity builds 3D-printed house in Williamsburg

The organization said it's their second 3D-printed home in the country and first on the East Coast.

NORFOLK, Va. — Habitat for Humanity is building a 3D-printed house in Williamsburg. It's their second 3D-printed home in the country, and first on the East Coast.

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg partnered with Alquist, a 3D printing home construction company, for this project. The organization said it's a step forward in addressing the shortage of affordable housing nationwide.

According to the project's website, the home will be around 1,200-square-feet, with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. It's located at 129 Forest Heights Rd.

Alquist is using concrete to save an estimated 15% per square foot in building costs. The use of concrete is also supposed to save on heating and cooling costs long-term, and provide protection against tornadoes and hurricanes.

The house will be sold to a local resident once construction is done. Habitat for Humanity said the resident has struggled to save enough to buy a home, despite working at a local hotel for nearly five years. Once she buys the house, her monthly mortgage won't be more than 30% of her income.

Author's note: The video below shows the start of construction on the home.

Habitat for Humanity is looking for donors to help fund the project. You can donate by clicking here.

“We have raised 70% of the funds to support this milestone project, but we need the community’s help to close the gap,” Janet V. Green, CEO of the area's Habitat for Humanity, said in a press release. “We are grateful for any and all donations we receive that will go toward the dream of homeownership for a local family.”

Author's note: The video above is on file from July 16, 2021.

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