Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex, is partnering with the University of Windsor and nidus3D, a Canada-based 3D construction printing company, on the nation’s first permitted 3D printed residential homes.

This historic project – on the site of Leamington’s The Bridge Youth Resource Centre – is a key step in increasing access to affordable housing in Canada.

This will be a historic build, the first 3D printed homes for residential use in this country, and potentially a game-changing solution to the current housing crisis. Habitat Windsor-Essex is working with the University of Windsor to learn more about how this new technology can potentially shorten construction times, and, over time, reduce input costs. Habitat W-E will benefit from the learning here, and those learnings could have a far-reaching impact for Habitat, and for the construction industry more broadly,” said Fiona Coughlin, Executive Director & CEO Habitat for Humanity Windsor.

This build is partially funded through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Innovation Fund. And thanks to the latest partnership with nidus3D, Habitat for Humanity is leaning on the company’s cutting-edge 3D construction technology to make home ownership more affordable in Canada.

In Windsor-Essex alone, there are currently 6,500 individuals that are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and the current solutions are simply not adequate in addressing this issue,” said, Ian Arthur, President & Founder nidus3D. “nidus3D is driven by the mission for increasing access to housing, and we’re deeply honoured for building the first multi-unit 3D printed homes in North America. This historic build serves as proof-of-concept for future builds, and paves the path for quicker and more cost-effective homes for Canadian families.”

This project will result in four units, in a self-contained home each unit measuring 560 square feet. This construction project will help forming the design codes and standards on 3D printed constructions.

These homes will be available through our partnership with The Bridge Youth Resource Centre for individuals and couples in need of attainable housing.  We anticipate that the 3D printing will take place over the next few months, with a goal of completing the homes in the summer of 2022.


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