Setting a new milestone in residential property development, global real estate developer Emaar Properties has announced plans to build its first 3D printed home in Dubai.
This is the first step towards Emaar’s ambition to be a leading adopter of advanced construction technologies, said the Dubai developer in its statement.
Following a global competition, in which the world’s leading 3D printing technology providers participated, Emaar has awarded the contract to 3D print a model home in Arabian Ranches III. The construction will be facilitated using a local contractor with the goal of building in-country competencies in 3D printing for the property sector.
Building the first 3D printed model home underlines Emaar’s commitment to adopt innovative construction methods to build faster and at a lower cost while achieving the higher design and architectural flexibility, said the statement.
Emaar’s use of 3D printing technology will also promote the sustainable use of resources by reducing waste of construction materials and noise pollution, it added.
Upon completion, the 3D printed model home will serve as a reference point for investors to further understand the concept and appreciate the value add that advanced technology brings to the real estate sector.
Chairman Mohamed Alabbar said that as the pioneer of integrated communities in Dubai and the trend-setter in the region’s property sector, their plans to embrace 3D printing of homes is an integral part of their digital-first and customer-first strategy.
Through this, they are not only positioning themselves as an early adopter of advanced technology but also creating long-term value for their customers as 3D printing brings numerous advantages such as reduced cost of construction, more efficient use of materials and higher levels of sustainability.
By embracing 3D printing, Emaar’s goal is to create a real estate landscape in the future where customers can ‘design, download and print’ their homes in the future across Emaar’s diverse portfolio of master-planned developments.
With this pioneering initiative, the Dubai 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.
According to Emaar, the 3D printing is environment-friendly, with sustainable home construction techniques significantly lowering waste and noise pollution during wall construction.
The 3D printed homes will contribute to lower cooling costs as customers can choose the thickness and type of insulation that goes into the walls; the thicker the insulation used, the lower cooling costs.