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University of Montana Innovation Factory, Habitat for Humanity look to use 3D printing to address housing crisis

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According to Innovation Factory executive director Heather Harp, Habitat for Humanity’s international organization is pressing local affiliates to double their production by any means possible. Before the first house can be printed, Harp said, the “five L’s” of construction need to be addressed: labor, lumber, lending, land and laws.

Of these, she said navigating the issues of land acquisition and local zoning laws will be the most intensive part of the process. Harp has been working with other organizers to petition the Missoula City Council to accommodate for the construction of high-density housing over land zoned for single-family residential dwellings.

“Being able to build differently with different housing forms really helps us to help the single person achieve homeownership,” Harp said. “Right now, it’s difficult even with two incomes. Imagine trying to buy a home with just one.”

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