- First 10 units of Kenyan housing complex successfully 3D printed
- Holcim’s proprietary TectorPrint ink enables fast, affordable and sustainable homes at scale
- First 3D-printed housing project to receive World Bank’s sustainability award
14Trees, a joint venture with British International Investment, the UK’s Development Finance Institution (DFI) and impact investor, announces the successful completion of the largest 3D-printed affordable housing to date. The 3D printing of the 10 housing units in Kenya’s Mvule Gardens project was made possible with TectorPrint, Holcim’s proprietary, innovative and versatile 3D printing ink, produced in Kenya for the first time.
The project’s advanced sustainability profile has attained an EDGE Advanced sustainable design certification from the IFC, the World Bank's development finance institution, which recognizes resource-efficient buildings with the potential to be zero-carbon. It is the first time a 3D-printed housing project has attained this certification.
François Perrot, Managing Director of 14Trees: “With 3D printing, you can solve two problems at once. You can build faster and with better cost efficiency, which will help make affordable housing a reality for the majority. In addition, you can build with less materials, which preserves the resources of the planet for future generations.”