FIRST 3-D PRINTED AFFORDABLE HOME IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
HOUSING TRUST FUND OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA
AND APIS COR COLLABORATE TO BRING 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING
In an effort to promote innovations in affordable housing in the USA, Apis Cor and the Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County are collaborating to develop the first 3-D printed affordable home in Santa Barbara County, California to demonstrate new technology developed by Apis Cor that has the potential to reduce the cost of producing affordable housing and to prove such cost reduction.
One of the main goals of the collaboration is to showcase the development of a one-story prototype 3-D printed affordable home as a housing innovations and community education project that can engage local community, regional and national interest and excitement and create more visibility for the use of 3-D home printing technology and sustainable building materials.
The Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County is a non-profit financing agency and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) whose mission is to expand affordable housing opportunities for low-to-middle income residents and workers of Santa Barbara County, California. HTF helps maintain the socio-economic fabric of Santa Barbara County by addressing the fundamental building block of healthy communities – housing that is affordable to local workers and residents.
It has become increasingly difficult and expensive to develop affordable housing, particularly in high cost housing markets. We must create a paradigm shift if we are to begin to meet local, regional and national affordable housing needs for our residents. We are excited about the potential for 3-D printing to significantly lower the time and cost involved in constructing affordable housing and to promote the use of sustainable building materials. We believe that 3-D printing of homes will have broad future application for meeting a range of local housing needs. We plan to share the results of this trail-blazing collaboration with Apis Cor with our peers in the affordable housing industry and to promote this innovative new housing technology”.
Jennifer McGovern, President and CEO of Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County
April, 2019. Demonstration of printing process. Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara visits Apis Cor at the Autodesk Technology Center in Boston.
Nikita Chen-iun-tai, CEO of Apis Cor,
Jennifer McGovern, President and CEO of HTF,
Rob Fredericks, Executive Director and CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara and HTF Treasurer
Sergey Nefedov, Head of Material Development of Apis Cor
"The big challenge today is to make technology that complies with all construction requirements. Our idea is to match 3D printed walls with existing building standards by mimicking the concrete masonry unit (CMU) wall. We believe that it might be one of the possible ways to obtain a building permits for 3D printed homes. We strongly believe that our collaboration with Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County will make a big impact in adapting and learning about this technology"
Nikita Cheniuntai, CEO&Founder of Apis Cor