Kamp C, the Westerlo, Belgium-based rural Centre for Sustainability and Innovation in construction, printed a house using the giant 3D concrete printer in Europe. The 90-square meter (969 sq ft) house was printed in one piece with a printer. This happened for the first time ever.
The printed house is 3 times stronger than a house built with build bricks. “The material’s compressive strength is three times greater than that of the conventional quick build brick”, Marijke Aerts, the project manager at Kamp C, explains.
Besides the fibers in the concrete, the number of wire-mesh reinforcement used is very limited. As a result of the printing technology used, the formwork was unnecessary, saving an expected sixty percent on material, time, and budget. In the future, a whole house could be printed in just two days. If you sum up all the days, it took just three weeks to print the house at Kamp C.
The model home was created to showcase the tech and the potential of 3D printing. “We printed an overhang, it has heavily curved walls, different types of walls… We also incorporated solutions to the traditional thermal bridge, eliminating cold bridges altogether”, says Ascione. “We developed a low-energy house, with all the mod cons, including floor and ceiling heating, special façade solar panels and a heat pump, and we will also be adding a green roof.”
For more details visit Kamp C.