EQS-News: Holcim announces Africa's largest 3D-printed affordable housing project

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Holcim announces Africa's largest 3D-printed affordable housing project

06.12.2021 / 09:00

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Holcim announces Africa's largest 3D-printed affordable housing project in Kenya, developed by its joint venture 14Trees in partnership with CDC Group, the UK's development finance institution. Building on Holcim's world-first 3D-printed school in Malawi, the Mvule Gardens housing complex is scaling up affordable housing in Kenya to be part of bridging the country's infrastructure gap.

This project was made possible by Holcim's proprietary ink, TectorPrint, giving the walls structural function to bear the load of the building. This breakthrough will accelerate the scale-up of 3D printing for affordable housing.

Jan Jenisch, CEO Holcim: 'We are excited to be building one of the world's largest 3D-printed affordable housing projects in Kenya. With today's rapid urbanization, over three billion people are expected to need affordable housing by 2030. This issue is most acute in Africa, with countries like Kenya already facing an estimated shortage of two million houses. By deploying 3D printing, we can address this infrastructure gap at scale to increase living standards for all.'

Tenbite Ermias, CDC Africa Managing Director: '14Trees is pioneering the use of leading edge technology to address one of Africa's most pressing development needs - affordable housing - to create life-changing infrastructure for whole communities.'
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