3D-printed homes built for changing weather conditions

AccuWeather's Dexter Henry explores how a construction company is changing the game with its 3D-printed homes.

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DEXTER HENRY: This model house in Calverton, New York appears to be a typical-looking home.

KIRK ANDERSEN: Now, this actually has multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, a large eat-in kitchen.

DEXTER HENRY: However, the design of the demo home is anything but typical.

KIRK ANDERSEN: And this is one of the largest 3D-printed structures as it stands right now.

DEXTER HENRY: The 1900-square foot Long Island home was built in 2019 using a three dimensional printer by construction firm SQ4D. They say the house took 48 hours to print, and the process can reduce construction costs anywhere from 30% to 50%.

KIRK ANDERSEN: We wanted to automate the process so that we're just doing what is asked for, what is accepted. Just do it, do it quick, just optimize that process, and get out of the way.

DEXTER HENRY: The foundation of this 3D-printed home, along with its interior and exterior walls, are made entirely of concrete. Designers say the decision to use concrete allows the house to potentially withstand a variety of weather conditions.

KIRK ANDERSEN: It truly is a game changer, and this will be impervious to-- to hurricanes, floods, fires, eventually.

DEXTER HENRY: Kirk Anderson says these homes could be beneficial to residents in different geographical areas. Some realtors and potential home buyers also agree.

STEPHEN KING: We still build stick construction on Long Island, when we're surrounded by moisture and water. And yet down South, in warmer climates, they have concrete construction. So I think this needs to happen here.

KATASHA KORDASZEWSKI: It, like, really keep the heat in, and when you use air conditioner-- it was very hot-- it keeps the cold in. It's like, it's bulletproof. It's awesome.

DEXTER HENRY: SQ4D believes they have shown the construction industry what is possible. Now the company is building another home in a neighboring town that someone will eventually live in, currently listed at just under $300,000.

KIRK ANDERSEN: Automation and 3D printing can change how we look at housing, change how you look at the housing market, how we build things, and you can have some creativity behind that. We can be inventive. This is just scraping the surface right here. There's some-- there's some good stuff in the future.

DEXTER HENRY: A future that involves building whether-resilient homes not block by block or brick by brick but rather scan by scan. Reporting in Calverton, New York for AccuWeather, I'm Dexter Henry.