Lafarge Canada announced its joint efforts with nidus3D to provide its low-carbon OneCem cement for Canada’s largest 3D-printed housing project, which aims to solve the SikSika Nation’s acute housing challenges.
While nidus3D has already successfully implemented 3D-printed housing projects in Ontario, this is the first project of its kind in Alberta. Located an hour’s drive east of Calgary, the “Kakatoosoyiists” (Star Lodge) project comprises four buildings with a total of sixteen residential units. Each unit is specifically designed to provide supportive shelter for members of the SikSika Nation who are fleeing domestic violence or are homeless.
This initiative addresses a pressing issue highlighted by the Social Planning & Research Council of Hamilton. According to their report, Indigenous people in Canadian cities are eight times more likely to experience homelessness than the general population.
Lafarge is providing its OneCem low-carbon cement for this project, which is known for its lower carbon footprint. OneCem’s higher limestone content reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to ten percent compared to conventional Portland cement. OneCem retains its strength, durability, performance and workability.
“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.”
“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.”
With the start of construction, this collaboration stands as a testament to the potential of combining expertise, resources and a shared commitment to building sustainable and supportive communities for a brighter future. The project is expected to be completed by March 31, 2024.