Can Recycled Waste Build Dignified Houses For Homeless People?

piles of wood chips and sawdust
Waste wood 1 photo by Tetris L is licensed under CC BY 3.0 DEED

Affordablehousingaction.org does not claim to be an expert on 3D printed houses by any means, but there are some things about the homes reported in the article linked below that stand out. In this case, the printer:

  • uses waste wood products and resin as a printing material instead of concrete.
  • built the roof as well as the walls and the floor.

This initiative takes place in the US State of Maine, where there is no shortage of waste wood products. It seems like an ideal location to test out printed buildings that store carbon.

The houses are of particular interest to Penquis, a non-profit that assists families and individuals to leave homelessness. Penquis is a partner on the project with researchers at the University of Maine.

Maine’s climate, which features snow, hurricanes, cold snaps and heat waves, also gives buildings a run for their money. One building has been printed to test its weather proofness. There are more hurdles to cross, including building code compliance, but so far, so good.

Read more in reasons to be cheerful: The 3D-Printed Affordable Housing of the Future Will Be Recyclable