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    The largest 3D-printed affordable climate-smart housing project in Africa is to be built in Kenya.

    Swiss building-material manufacturer Holcim says the Mvule Gardens project will form part of the Green Heart of Kenya, an inclusive climate-resilient ‘master-planned’ community near the coastal town of Kilifi.

    Construction of the 52-unit housing complex is scheduled to start in early 2022, with the first phase to be completed within six months. The development is reportedly one of the largest 3D-printed affordable housing projects in the world.

    According to Holcim, the project was designed to advance ‘affordable, sustainable and replicable housing units adapted to Kenya’s environment’. The project design features a timber roof instead of steel in an effort to lower carbon emissions, as well as no reinforced concrete or steel frames.

    The project will be executed by 14Trees, a joint venture between Holcim and UK development finance institution the CDC Group.

    14 December 2021
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