Emaar Properties has announces plans to build the first 3D-printed home in Dubai's Arabian Ranches III, as part of the developers aim in pushing for advanced construction technologies.
Following a global competition, attended by leading 3D printing technology providers, Emaar awarded the contract to 3D print a model home in Arabian Ranches III. The construction will be facilitated by a local contractor with the goal of building in-country competencies in 3D printing for the property sector.
According to Emaar, building the first 3D printed model home underlines it's commitment to adopt innovative construction methods to build faster and at a lower cost while achieving higher design and architectural flexibility.
Upon completion, the 3D printed model home will serve as a reference point for investors to further understand the concept and appreciate the added value that advanced technology brings to the real estate sector.
Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, 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.
"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."
3D construction techniques can significantly lower waste and noise pollution during wall construction while 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 the cooling costs.
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.