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My three-bedroom home was built in just 12 hours and is environmentally friendly – here’s how I did it

THE 1200 sqft build was unveiled to the new homeowner April Springfield and her 13-year-old son this month in Williamsburg, Virginia. It took just 12-hours to print the concrete foundations of the three-bed, two-bath property, which would nominally take four weeks. Using concrete as its primary material can cut building the cost of building by […] ...

THE 1200 sqft build was unveiled to the new homeowner April Springfield and her 13-year-old son this month in Williamsburg, Virginia.

It took just 12-hours to print the concrete foundations of the three-bed, two-bath property, which would nominally take four weeks.

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This home was 3D printed by Habitat for Humanity[/caption]

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The home has three bedrooms[/caption]

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The kitchen also has stainless steel appliances[/caption]

Using concrete as its primary material can cut building the cost of building by up to 15 percent per square foot.

It is also a great insulator so lowers heating and cooling bills, and its strength provides great protection against tornadoes and hurricanes.

The building is also EarthCraft certified, meaning it minimizes environmental impacts and will not cost as much to maintain.

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It was their first 3D printed home[/caption]

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A family can live comfortably here[/caption]

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A woman and her son will be living here[/caption]

April has supervised the laundry facilities at a local hotel for nearly five years, but her income is still less than 80 percent of the area median income.

This has made it difficult to save enough to become a homeowner, but she used at least 300 hours of ‘sweat equity’ building the house herself to subsidize the cost.

The project was organized by charity Habitat for Humanity in partnership with 3D-printing company Alquist.

The Habitat Homebuyer Programme has offered April a mortgage with repayments of no more than 30 percent of her income and puts money back into the community to build more affordable homes in the US.

Construction of each home built by Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg is a cooperative effort between volunteers, house sponsors, and buyers.

April has also got her own personal 3D printer allowing her to reprint anything from electrical outlets to doorknobs.

This is the non-profit’s first 3D-printed home, but expect to unveil their second in Tempe, Arizona, next month.

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The owner also has a 3D printer, which lets her make anything she needs for the home[/caption]

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