Lafarge Canada supporting Canada’s largest 3D-printed housing project in Alberta

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Lafarge Canada will supply its OneCem low-carbon cement and work with nidus3D to build Canada’s largest 3D-printed housing project, aimed at addressing an acute housing challenges faced by the SikSika Nation.

While nidus3D has successfully completed 3D-printed housing projects in Ontario, this is the first project in Alberta. Construction is expected to be completed by March 31.

lafarge “Our shared goal with nidus3D extends beyond mere innovation,” says Brad Kohl, president and CEO of Lafarge Canada (West). “This project is about helping address the critical housing needs of the nation and foster a resilient, inclusive future through sustainable construction practices.

“We were proud to contribute to this project.”

lafarge The site is about an hour east of Calgary. The project, “Kakatoosoyiists” (Star Lodge), includes construction of four buildings, comprising a total of sixteen units for individuals of SikSika Nation fleeing domestic violence or facing homelessness.

Lafarge is supplying low-carbon cement for this project. When manufactured, the higher limestone content reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 10 per cent when compared to traditional Portland cement.

The initiative directly confronts a pressing issue underscored by the Social Planning & Research Council of Hamilton. According to their report, Indigenous peoples in Canadian cities are eight times more likely to face homelessness compared to the general population.

“Nidus3D is honoured and energized to be working with Siksika First Nation and Lafarge Canada on this innovative Canadian first,” says Ian Arthur, nidus3D’s president. “This multi-build development will not only provide much needed housing but show the immense potential of 3D construction printing to address Canada’s housing crisis. This project will demonstrate efficiencies and savings the technology can deliver through rapid, repeatable construction.”


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