Lennar Subdivision Near Austin, Texas, Features 3D-Printed Homes

In the Texas Hill Country outside Austin, Lennar has broken ground on a 100-home subdivision in which all the homes will be built using ICON’s 3D printing robots for the exterior and interior walls.

You can find a 1-minute You-Tube video clip demonstrating the process at https://constructutopia.com/3d-printing/lennar-and-icon-begin-100-home-3d-printed-community-texas

The bottom four homes in the aerial rendering above show the various stages of the 3D printing process. After a home’s slab is poured, an overhead gantry goes back and forth pouring 3-inch (I’m guessing) layers of concrete one on top of the other, following a computerized plan for the walls and openings.

Lennar is the first production builder I know of which has adopted ICON’s proprietary 3D printing process to build an entire subdivision. The process eliminates most of the waste and labor associated with building the walls in homes.

The windows and doors are framed conventionally, and wood trusses are added to support the roof.

Developed by Hillwood Communities, the 3- and 4-bedroom homes offer eight different floorplans, with 24 unique elevations ranging from 1,500 to over 2,100 square feet.

The Georgetown, Texas, community, called Wolf Ranch, will “set the standard for the future of homebuilding — technologically advanced, energy efficient and architecturally striking,” according to ICON.

The construction method is not only more sustainable but produces homes that are resistant to fires, floods, termites, and high-wind events.

Author: Golden Real Estate, Inc.

Golden Real Estate is a prominent member of the Denver/Jefferson County real estate scene. Based in Golden, we service both Denver and Jeffco, representing both buyers and sellers. We're well known for Broker Jim Smith's weekly "Real Estate Today" column published in the Denver and Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section each Thursday. The column also appears in several weekly newspapers and is archived at www.JimSmithColumns.com. We have nine agents, all of whom are Realtors and EcoBrokers. Our office is Net Zero Energy since December 2017, and several of us drive electrics cars. Known for our sustainable practices, we accept polystyrene (aka "Styrofoam") for recycling, keeping 200 cubic yards per year out of area landfills.

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