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First 3D printed home delivered in California’s wildfire-hit landscape

by Liam Turner
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for California's first 3D printed home

Advanced construction technology specialist Emergen has confirmed the completion of the first 3D concrete-printed (3DCP) home in California.

The event marks a significant milestone, with the property conforming fully to the state’s stringent building codes, the most rigorous in the United States, driven among other by regional seismic activity.

The 1,200 sq. ft project was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony near Redding’s Reginato Boat Ramp.

The property itself was delivered using state-of-the-art printing technology provided by 3D printing construction firm COBOD.

Joe Chimenti, director of Community Development at Emergent, said: “Emergent is not just changing how we build, but also how we live and work.

“We’re preparing a new generation of tech-driven construction professionals, armed with the skills to reshape the industry.”

The design of the Wildfire Restoration House, the inaugural Emergent Home, was created by architect Benjamin Albertson, who envisioned a design that resonates with those who have lost their properties wildfires in the California region.

Albertson said: “These homes were once part of the Wildland Urban Interface, deeply connected to the forests surrounding them.

“Using COBOD’s innovative 3D printers, we’ve created a home build in concrete that is not only more resilient to the wildfires, but also maintains a beautiful connection to the natural landscapes.

“COBOD’s 3D printing capabilities allowed for the creation of undulating, organic wall shapes.

“Paired with floor-to-ceiling windows, the design offers a stunning visual connection, akin to looking through the trees of a forest.”

Emergent collaborated with AccessHome, the City of Redding, and Don Ajamian Construction to realise the project.

Philip Lund-Nielsen, COBOD co-founder and head of Americas, praised the achievement, stating: “We are incredibly proud that our technology contributed to creating a home compliant with California’s strict building code.

“Emergent’s success underscores that our technology is a tool, that helps to transform construction methods and meet rigorous standards, no matter how strict they area.”

Images: COBOD

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