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3D-Printed Houses Could Be The Right Solution for Palu Reconstruction

Jakarta-based tech company Jaygoe wants to utilize 3D printing technology to provide affordable housing to the victims of Palu earthquake.



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Vice President of Indonesia Jusuf Kalla ordered the reconstruction process of Palu to be accelerated and can be implemented starting January 2019. The focus of the reconstruction, Jusuf Kalla stressed, was to provide houses for victims whose homes were destroyed by the earthquake, tsunami and liquefaction that occurred in Central Sulawesi in Indonesia last September.

One potential solution could lie in the work of Jaygoe, a tech company located in Jakarta Indonesia. Jaygoe wants to utilize 3D printing technology as part of its portfolio to build affordable housing in Palu, Central Sulawesi.

3D-printed house building (credit: New Story)

Founder and CEO of Jaygoe Yousef Bin Ageil explained, there are several reasons why he believes in 3D printing to tackle the housing reconstruction. One would be the speed and efficiency.

3D printed house building, Yousef said, is the fastest and cheapest way to get the residence of Palu back in better living conditions. Once a home is shipped to its location or built on site, it only takes two to three weeks to assemble it.

1,400’s of residentials are destroyed in Palu earthquake aftermath

All that’s left after that are the final touches, such as plumbing and electric. This method could give the advantages to construction companies by drastically speeding up builds. With 3D printer, each 800-square-foot (around 74 square meters) single-story building will take just 24 hours to construct.

“That short turn around, and because so few workers are needed, is expected to bring the cost of each building to below of US$ 3,000 (IDR 44 million),” Yousef depicted. The cost is equivalent to the cost of building five houses built in the conventional method.

Beside that, Yousef said, machines only print the parts that are necessary. “The process produces far less waste than traditional methods!”

Jaygoe’s rehabilitation activity in Palu, Central Sulawesi

Previously, Jaygoe which will be the first company to 3D print in Palu, had also plunged into the disaster area to provide logistical needs for the victims of the Palu earthquake. They collaborated with local Palu NGOs to provide food, drinks, clothes, clean water, and rehabilitation for disaster victims.

Actually, the construction of houses using 3D printing technology has also been carried out in several places. The non-profit organization New Story and construction company from Texas ICON has been working together to create a sample of 3D printed house in Austin Texas, USA and will start building community housing in El Salvador, next year.

These homes are expected to last as long or longer than standard Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) built homes, and are built to International Building Code (IBC) structural code standards.

In Nantes, France, the Nordine Ramdani family has even lived in a 1022-square feet (95-square meters) 3D printed house which is one of the pilot projects made by City Council, the University of Nantes and housing association.

Nordin, his wife and their three children, who had previously lived in smaller apartment room, were now able to enjoy a wider, modern house with four bedrooms and a large main room.

“It’s really something amazing to be able to live in a place where there is a garden, and to have a detached house,” Nordin told the BBC.

Founder and CEO of Jaygoe, Yousef Bin Ageil

Jaygoe wants to deliver the Nordin family’s happiness to the thousands of victims of the Palu earthquake aftermath, who lost relatives and residences due to the Richter scale of 7.7 which occurred last September. Jaygoe also putting a partnership with ICON to make it happened.

The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) recorded no fewer than 1,763 people died, hundreds were injured, and more than 66,926 houses were damaged.

There are parties who have expressed their willingness to help build housing for the victims, including Budha Tzu Chi Indonesia Foundation and Tahir Foundation, owned by Mayapada group boss, Dato Sri Tahir.

Jaygoe hopes, 3D-printed houses can make changes and give a good impact to the people of Central Sulawesi. “3D printing housing is an initiative only possible by the involvement of humanity. We stand as one because we all have each other,” Yousef said.

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