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Affordable Housing solution

Innovative affordable housing solution

Rents are rising. The number of low-income housing units is decreasing. Around the world, four billion people lack access to decent housing, including 150 million in developed countries, and more than 800 million live in slums. In order to meet this requirement, CyBe is focusing on innovation in order to offer 3D concrete printing as an innovative solution for affordable housing. This enables cheaper, faster and more sustainable construction.


For CyBe, affordable housing means creating housing solutions for low-income populations so that access can be gained to housing at the most affordable price. Affordable housing is a business activity with a major social impact. We offer a wide range of innovative building solutions tailored to the local challenges and needs of individuals, NGOs and public organizations responsible for housing.

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The advantages of 3D concrete printing

For many years, concrete has been the most widely used building material in the world. Everyone knows what it looks like, knows it and what it is used for. For numbers of years, people have been experimenting with 3D printing concrete. One such advantage is freedom of form. With 3D concrete printing, very fine concrete structures are possible. In traditional concrete pouring, the formwork determines the shape of the concrete. With concrete printing, builders can create shapes of round, convex or hollow forms. This will enable concrete buildings and structures with entirely new shapes.

Another advantage is that 3D concrete printing reduces waste. The concrete is alloyed only where it is constructively needed. Traditionally poured concrete is solid, and contains much more concrete than is needed constructively. More is used, which is bad for CO2 emissions, since cement production releases much of this greenhouse gas. Developing 3D printable concrete, also known as mortar, reduces the carbon footprint and reduces the impact on the environment. The production of CyBe Mortar emits up to 32% less CO2 than traditional Portland cement.

Another advantage is the ability to accommodate individual requirements for each individual customer. Changes and adjustments in construction are inevitable, which is why parametric design is so efficient. Unlike traditional design methods, parametric design uses algorithms to implement the effect of one custom part on an entire design. After all, a different design involves little cost. This saves time in the design process.

In addition, the major advantage is that 3D concrete printing allows for faster construction. This is due in part to the production speed. Automated processes reduce human error. Because of the quick-curing concrete, which sets in 3 minutes, it is possible to continue printing in one go without breaks. This makes it possible to deliver affordable homes faster. 

First industrial revolution

New Manufacturing Processes

The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in Europe and the United States, in the period from between 1760 to 1820 and 1840.

This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing, and iron production processes, the increasing use of steam power and water power, the development of machine tools, and the rise of the mechanized factory system. The Industrial Revolution also led to an unprecedented rise in the rate of population growth.

The development of trade and the rise of business were among the major causes of the Industrial Revolution.

Second industrial revolution

The Technological Revolution

The Second Industrial Revolution, also known as the Technological Revolution, was a phase of rapid standardization and industrialization from the late 19th century into the early 20th century.

Though a number of its events can be traced to earlier innovations in manufacturing, such as the establishment of a machine tool industry, the development of methods for manufacturing interchangeable parts, and the invention of the Bessemer process to produce steel, the Second Industrial Revolution is generally dated between 1870 and 1914 (the beginning of World War I).

The Second Industrial Revolution continued into the 20th century with early factory electrification and the production line and ended at the beginning of World War I.

Third industrial revolution

The Digital Revolution

The Digital Revolution (also known as the Third Industrial Revolution) is the shift from mechanical and analogue electronic technology to digital electronics which began in the latter half of the 20th century, with the adoption and proliferation of digital computers and digital record-keeping, that continues to the present day.

Central to this revolution is the mass production and widespread use of digital logic,  transistors, integrated circuit chips, and their derived technologies, including computers, microprocessors, digital cellular phones, and the Internet.

These technological innovations have transformed traditional production and business techniques.

Fourth industrial revolution

Automation and data exchange

A major shift in the way we live, work, and interact with one another has been brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With extraordinary technological advancements comparable to those of the first, second, and third industrial revolutions, it represents a new chapter in human progress. These developments are fusing the physical, digital, and biological worlds in ways that hold great promise as well as the possibility of great danger. We are being forced to reconsider how nations evolve, how businesses create value, and even what it means to be a person due to the pace, breadth, and depth of this change.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution offers a chance for everyone, including leaders, policymakers, and individuals from all socioeconomic levels and countries, to leverage convergent technologies in order to bring about more than simply technological transformation.

Affordable housing options

Making affordable homes usually comes down to two variables: the cost of the materials used to build the home and the size of the home. Advances in off-site construction and mass timber can provide innovative affordable housing solutions and lead to innovations in tiny homes. 


Affordable housing types are those considered affordable in the local real estate market. Many of these housing types have a smaller footprint, keeping construction costs low. Advances in off-site construction and faster completion can also make housing more affordable and lead to solutions to affordable housing.

Innovative construction techniques can lower the cost of building new homes, affordable housing options are listed below: 

  • Modular Housing
  • 3D concrete printing 
  • Mass Timber
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