Developer says it is setting a new milestone in residential property development
Emaar plans to build its first 3D printed home in Arabian Ranches III in Dubai. The firm says that it has awarded a contract to 3D print a model home, following a global competition that saw the world’s leading 3D printing technology providers participate.
According to a statement, the construction will be facilitated using a local contractor with the goal of building in-country competencies in 3D printing for the property sector.
The move is said to underline Emaar’s commitment to adopt innovative construction methods to build faster and at a lower cost, while achieving higher design and architectural flexibility.
The use of 3D printing technology will also promote the sustainable use of resources by reducing waste of construction materials and noise pollution, the developer said.
“As the pioneer of integrated communities in Dubai and the trend-setter in the region’s property sector, our plans to embrace 3D printing of homes is an integral part of our digital-first and customer-first strategy. Through this, we are not only positioning ourselves as an early adopter of advanced technology but also creating long-term value for our customers as 3D printing brings numerous advantages such as reduced cost of construction, more efficient use of materials and higher levels of sustainability,” said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar.
The 3D printed model home will serve as a reference for investors to understand the concept and appreciate the value add that advanced technology brings to the real estate sector, the statement said.
Alabbar added, “With 3D printing technology to be implemented locally using international expertise, we are also supporting the vision of the leadership to build ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities’ that are tech-driven and meet the aspirations of the new generation of customers. It will also help accelerate the innovation ecosystem in Dubai, inspiring start-ups to contribute towards advanced construction technology.”
Emaar says the technology is helping it achieve its goal of creating a future where customers can ‘design, download and print’ their homes across its portfolio of master-planned developments. The developer said it aims to set the region’s benchmark in construction best practices as 3D printed homes bring several benefits including accelerated delivery of homes and more flexibility in design.
The 3D printed homes will also be able to offer lower cooling costs according to Emaar, as customers can choose the thickness and type of insulation that goes into the walls.