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Cundall Ireland helps pioneer project to standardise construction regulations for the 3D construction printing sector

UK and Europe 31 July 2023

Cundall Ireland, Harcourt Technologies Ltd (HTL) and Harcourt Architects are jointly pioneering a new method of 3D construction printing directly on site. Developed in Ireland, this new method of construction offers a faster, cheaper and more sustainable way to build, and will initially focus on standardised housing schemes and social housing developments.

This fully regulatory-compliant approach will be rolled out on the first 3D construction printed housing scheme in Ireland later this year. The proposed residential housing scheme will be delivered using COBOD International A/S 3D construction printing technology, and will comply with Irish Building regulatory frameworks.

So far, a lack of standardised construction details and regulations has been a hindrance to widespread implementation of 3D construction printing in Ireland and the UK. The collaboration between Cundall and HTL aims to bridge this gap by developing a comprehensive set of standard guidelines and regulations for 3D construction printing processes, covering all aspects from design considerations to execution to ensure efficiency, quality, and safety for all future projects. Commenting on the collaboration to deploy this technology with HTL, Gerard Doyle, Associate Director at Cundall, said:

“The opportunity to develop an engineering solution to bring 3D construction printing from concept to a viable, sustainable and robust form of construction is truly exciting. More importantly, we are embarking on a method of constructing buildings that can meet the current needs of delivering safe, sustainable buildings quickly, without compromising on design, quality or longevity.”

The impact of this joint project extends beyond the immediate collaboration between Cundall and HTL. The aim is that the standardised construction details and regulations developed through this initiative will serve as a cornerstone for the entire housing construction sector, enabling future projects to benefit from a uniform and regulated approach to 3D construction printing.