3D printed house: builders say method will reduce costs of building new homes
SQ4D uses automated construction methods, or 3D printing, to build structures and houses.
“What we want to do is print homes quickly, cheaply and securely,” Andersen said.
The company can set up its autonomous robotic construction system on a job site in six to eight hours. He then lays the concrete layer by layer, creating the footing, the foundation of a house and the interior and exterior walls of the structure.
“This is a radical change for the yards,” said Andersen.
3D printed homes could also end up having a drastic effect on the portfolios of potential buyers in America.
“The cost of construction is 50% cheaper than the cost of comparable new homes in Riverhead, New York, and 10 times faster,” said Stephen King, the Zillow Premier agent who has the 3D home listing.
The 3D printed house will include 1,407 square feet of living space and will be constructed of concrete. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a detached 2.5 car garage.
“I want people to not be afraid of automation … it’s just a different tool and a different method. But it’s still the same product; we’re still building a house at the end of the day. “says Andersen.
Andersen and King claim that the Riverhead House is the first 3D printed house to receive a certificate of occupancy in the United States. It hasn’t been easy due to strict local building codes, they said.
“We did it in one of the toughest places and there’s a beauty in there because it means we can possibly do it anywhere,” Andersen said.
“We can make things more affordable and safer. We can use technology to tackle homelessness and help disaster relief in an environmentally friendly way,” said Andersen.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the last name of Kirk Andersen, the COO of SQ4D Inc.