Havelar constructs Portugal’s first 3D printed house Construction 3D Printing

Havelar, a newly established Portuguese company in Porto, founded by experienced building materials suppliers, architects, and financial organizations, has just completed the execution of Portugal’s first 3D printed house. Located in the Greater Porto area, the two-bedroom, 80m² house was printed using the BOD2 printer from COBOD, in just 18 hours. The house was designed in collaboration with renowned architects Aires Mateus, Glória Cabral, and Francis Kéré.

“More than a printing or construction company, we promote Construction 2.0, which enables us to deliver new complete houses in less than 2 months well below current market prices. We can deliver modern mid-market designed houses for just €1,500 per m²,” said Patrick Eichiner, CEO and Co-Founder of Havelar.

The price offered by Havelar is a striking contrast to the Porto average of €3,104/m², as indicated in the latest report by the Portuguese National Statistics Institute. This cost-effectiveness is primarily attributed to the optimized efficiency and swift project execution enabled by the innovative 3D printing construction technology.

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“We want to team up with partners who see themselves in building sustainable and accessible communities. With €150,000, it’s possible for a young couple to have the home they’ve always dreamed of, in an area with good access and services,” said Rodrigo Vilas-Boas, Co-Founder of Havelar.

Havelar’s ambitions go far beyond just delivering contemporary designed houses quickly and at very competitive prices. Thanks to 3D construction printing, construction waste is already reduced significantly, but by 2030 Havelar hopes to reach carbon neutrality in its operation via the use of alternative building materials like earth, sludge, slag, straw, and other biomaterials.

“When you are setting very ambitious goals, there is always a risk, that these are not realized, but if you do not aim high, you will reach nowhere. We are happy to support Havelar in their ambitious endeavors, our printers are open source when it comes to materials and can print with many different types,” said Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder and General Manager of COBOD.

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Author: Edward Wakefield

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