© 2024 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WEDH · WEDN · WEDW · WEDY
WECS · WEDW-FM · WNPR · WPKT · WRLI-FM · WVOF
Public Files Contact · ATSC 3.0 FAQ
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Why build a house when you can print one? That's what one nonprofit did

SARAH MCCAMMON, HOST:

Building a house can be expensive and time-consuming. So why build a house when you can print one? Well, that is exactly what Habitat for Humanity is doing.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

JANET V GREEN: This is the first 3D-printed owner-occupied Habitat home in the nation.

MCCAMMON: That's Janet Green, CEO of the Habitat for Humanity chapter in Williamsburg, Va. She presented the inaugural 3D house at a ceremony to a very grateful mom and her 13-year-old.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

APRIL STRINGFIELD: I always wanted to be a homeowner and - I always wanted to be a homeowner, and it's like a dream come true.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

April Stringfield bought her brand-new house through the Habitat Homebuyer program, which helps to provide affordable housing to families in need. Springfield's home was built with printed concrete instead of lumber. You've seen the images of people hammering - Jimmy Carter hammering for homes - but this process means cheaper materials and savings on heating and cooling. The building process only took 12 hours, although Stringfield, the new homeowner, put in a lot more time.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

GREEN: She's also performed over hundreds of hours of sweat equity, helping to build her home and other homes here in this neighborhood.

(APPLAUSE)

MCCAMMON: After all that work, it was time for Stringfield to cut the ribbon.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

GREEN: One, two, three.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: 3D.

(CHEERING, APPLAUSE) Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.