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Towards prefabricated sustainable housing - an introduction

Luther, Mark 2009, Towards prefabricated sustainable housing - an introduction, BEDP environment design guide, vol. TEC 28, pp. 1-11.

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Title Towards prefabricated sustainable housing - an introduction
Author(s) Luther, Mark
Journal name BEDP environment design guide
Volume number TEC 28
Start page 1
End page 11
Publisher Royal Australian Institute of Architects
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Publication date 2009-08
ISSN 1442-5017
Keyword(s) sustainable building
modular design
pre-fabrication
renewables
Summary Prefabricated building systems are once again gaining popularity. The new prefabricated paradigm offers the integration of several approaches previously ignored: automated manufacturing, integrated building services and environmental sustainable principles. Consistency, predictable environmental control, modular flexibility, quick assembly and affordability are promising features of modern manufactured construction. Though the concept of prefabricated building is not new, this type of construction may be the only hope in obtaining a truely sustainable architecture for our future.

This paper attempts to define and evaluate several prefabricated building systems, ranging from a ‘kit-of-parts’ to fully assembled ‘volumetric’ modules. It aims to categorise various manufactured types among a vast amount of information, and to observe their attributes regarding materials, flexibility, structural integrity, delivery and constructability. This paper suggests that pre-fabricated architecture can deliver high order design and diversity within the framework of waste reduction, renewable systems integration and optimal performance.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 120202 Building Science and Techniques
Socio Economic Objective 870102 Commercial Construction Planning
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Australian Institute of Architects
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024624

Document type: Journal Article
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