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Construction Technology: Digital Fabrication

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 25, 2014 10:18:44 AM

Building in a Snap. Danish company Eentileen and Facit Homes collaborated on Villa Asserbo, a digitally-fabricated cottage. Parts were “printed” from sustainably-harvested plywood using a CNC machine, then snapped together.

WITH DIGITAL FABRICATION, the updated version of pre-fabrication, the materials for a structure are designed, cut out on a CNC router (in as fast as 24 hours) and snapped together like a jigsaw puzzle, either on-site or in a factory. The entire process takes just several weeks. Examples of this technology include residential projects by London-based Facit Homes and, more recently, Ontario-based The Bunkie Co., which makes small pre-fabricated cabins.

Evan Bare, co-founder of The Bunkie, says digital fabrication is “a bit of a game-changer, to say the least.” He sees several advantages of building in factories rather than on-site: “Building year-round will help reduce seasonal job swings. Controlled environments within which materials are processed will ensure high accuracy and yield while machining. Sharing data from one factory to another will be much easier, and standardizing on a simple set of tools like CNC routers can really simplify the construction process.” Bare also believes construction technology such as digital fabrication presents an opportunity to shift away from our current model of production building, too: “With the thought of material yield maximization, increased material costs and need for greater efficiency, smaller homes should be the focus of this movement. Why build 3,000+ square feet when you can do so much with a well-planned 1,400-square-foot space? Our sense of entitlement to consume needs to change.”

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Give Your Millennial a Robot

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 25, 2014 8:52:51 AM

We need the young generation to help build the housing of the future. Fortunately, technology is trending toward a kind of work they might love.

By 2030, today's so-called Millennials are expected to constitute 75 percent of the U.S. labor force. This change will have a profound effect on every aspect of society, and shelter is no exception.

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Green Builder Media Applauds Eco-Leaders

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 24, 2014 5:14:05 PM

Each July, Green Builder Media releases the Eco Leaders issue of Green Builder magazine, highlighting a handful of companies that are doing great green things in the world, paving the way to a sustainable future with innovative products and forward-thinking ideas.

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The Construction Industry’s Appetite for Apps

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 24, 2014 2:24:18 PM

No Rolling Required. PlanGrid is a mobile blueprint app that allows construction team members to collaborate and update plan sets via iPad. The platform allows team members to update sheets, share mark-ups, file progress reports and upload photos in real time.

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Solar for Homes in Boston: If You Lease It, They Will Buy

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 24, 2014 8:34:33 AM

A PROGRAM LAUNCHED BY CBD INDUSTRIES, under its solar installations brand, Westinghouse Solar, may have unlocked the secret to selling solar to homeowners in New England.

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