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Prefab dreams and the meaning of life - FT.com, Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction.

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John Maynard Keynes, the famous economist, envisaged a time in the future when the world would be so efficient that no human need work at all.

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IDEAbuilder's curator insight, March 9, 2013 11:19 AM

Prefab construction makes it into the Financial Times. While I agree with the author's perspective on the efficiencies of prefab, I completely disagree with her focus on 3D printing (also referred to as additive fabrication) having a big impact on the industry anytime soon.   Subtractive and formative fabrication in AEC is many orders of mangitude more powerful and environmentally friendly using current technologies and materials - and these technologies are evolving at an accelerating rate. While I welcome addtive fabrication into the industry, it is currenlty being oversold.

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Net-zero energy building to become $1.3 trillion market | Sustainable Business Oregon

Net-zero energy building to become $1.3 trillion market | Sustainable Business Oregon | StyroHomes | Scoop.it

With green building becoming mainstream, the next big thing for the industry is in the realm of net-zero: buildings that produce all the energy they need.

 

Pike Research released a report this week indicating that net-zero construction will become a $1.3 trillion global business by 2035, driven largely by demand from Europe where zero-energy requirements are increasingly becoming required by building codes.

 

In November, the Northwest-based Living Future Institute launched a new certification for net-zero buildings in an effort to share best practices among designers and builders.

 

Eric Bloom, Pike Research's building industry research analyst, said he sees a strong role for such certifications as net-zero energy construction catches on in the U.S., similar to the role that the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification played in green building.

 

"The purpose of the certification program was to cut through the greenwashing that was going on with green building," Bloom said. "As (the net-zero certification program) gains more implementation, it will become important."

 

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Karuna Passive House Exterior Design Details - YouTube

http://www.hammerandhand.com Hear principal of Holst Architecture, Jeff Stuhr discuss the design process and details for the exterior of the Karuna Passive H...

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Karuna Passive House Exterior Design Details - YouTube

http://www.hammerandhand.com Hear principal of Holst Architecture, Jeff Stuhr discuss the design process and details for the exterior of the Karuna Passive H...

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NYCCTfab - introduction to Robotic Automation for Architectural Manufacturing

NYCCTfab - introduction to Robotic Automation for Architectural Manufacturing | StyroHomes | Scoop.it
Digital media resources for Architectural Technology students at City Tech (CUNY)

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Ionut Anton's curator insight, April 23, 2014 3:30 AM

Robotic manufacturing for architecture course at NYCCTfab

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3ders.org - 10 completely 3D printed houses appears in Shanghai, built under a day | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - 10 completely 3D printed houses appears in Shanghai, built under a day | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | StyroHomes | Scoop.it
A group of 3D printed houses, 200 m2 each, recently appears in Shanghai, China. These building were created entirely out of concrete using a gigantic 3D printer.

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dana tanase's curator insight, April 3, 2014 4:25 AM

3d printed architecture

Paulo Matos's curator insight, April 3, 2014 7:17 AM

Impressora gigante constrói casas de um dia para o outro!

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 15, 2014 5:16 AM

200m2 a 4000 euros la unidad e impresas con impresora 3d en un dia..Cuando menos, interesante. Qué opináis?

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Zero Energy Buildings: They May Be Coming Sooner Than You Think

Zero Energy Buildings:  They May Be Coming Sooner Than You Think | StyroHomes | Scoop.it
Buildings account for approximately 40 percent of the energy (electrical, thermal) used in the U.S. and Europe, and an increasing share of energy used in other parts of the world. Most of this ener...

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Warm minimalism for serene spa pavilion in Nova Scotia

Warm minimalism for serene spa pavilion in Nova Scotia | StyroHomes | Scoop.it

This luxury spa is the third pavilion style structure on the same parcel of land designed by Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple architects in Nova Scotia, Canada.

In the words of the architects, "This new, third pavilion is sited and experienced very differently, below the others and tucked into the edge of the forest, facing a field, before the sea. The spa is conceived as a monolithic block of wood, carved to form interior spaces. All surfaces, inside and outside, are clad in clear cedar boards (re-sawn channel-joint shiplap). In order to maintain this concept, the glass tiles in the bathroom as well as the concrete floor, match the color of the cedar.   The entrance to the spa is via an elevated wooden bridge which meanders through the woods, and floats over the existing granite boulders and mosses. The minimalist approach requires a high level of craftsmanship in order to achieve a calm, serene effect.


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Badly insulated homes costing families £653, lobby group claims

Badly insulated homes costing families £653, lobby group claims | StyroHomes | Scoop.it

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Mark Warren's curator insight, March 7, 2014 12:12 PM

Campaign for “Warm Homes & Lower Bills”, the Energy Bill Revolution, has the support of over 244 MPs, along-with big names like Asda, Carillion, IKEA, Saint-Gobain, Scouts, WWF, Save the Family and UK Green Building Council.

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Going Vertical: The History of Green Walls

Going Vertical: The History of Green Walls | StyroHomes | Scoop.it
Green walls: Function or fad? As cities and buildings all around the world are being covered in green, we take a look at the phenomenon of green walls.

 The first example of green walls may be found in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, even if they may have been more roof gardens than green walls. Later, from Scandinavia to Japan, numerous civilizations used climbing plants to cover buildings, making what is now called ‘green façades’.


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My Little Jardin's curator insight, February 21, 2014 6:22 AM

L'influence des façades vertes sur le milieu urbain ou le pouvoir des plantes!

Christina Shomaker's curator insight, February 24, 2014 10:02 PM

We love this for so many reasons.... not just the architectural factor or the green benefits we receive. Our favorite aspect is the artistic one... it forces the artist (or client who hires a landscape artist) to consider artistic mediums from any origin, how to use them in ways that allow an eye to see patterns that would otherwise be ignored, and how best to work with the surrounding environment to make the most spectacular punch. We also cannot ignore how great it is that as we replace so many  flat surfaces with new construction (that would typically be home to plant life) humans can think outside the box (or rather, think about any angle, any where, in or on that box) about how to get those plants back into the picture.

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20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon

20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon | StyroHomes | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 20 collegiate teams to participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon at Irvine, California’s Orange County Great Park. The eight returning teams will compete against 12 new teams, with partners from four international schools, to build “solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence” within the allotted two-year period.

View the full list of competitors at the link.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, February 14, 2014 6:09 PM

Solar Decathlon vuelve a la carga!

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6a Architects and Alison Brooks shortlisted for Design of the Year

6a Architects and Alison Brooks shortlisted for Design of the Year | StyroHomes | Scoop.it
Practices join Zaha Hadid, David Chippefield and John Pawson in final 14

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Mark Warren's curator insight, February 11, 2014 7:22 AM

David Chipperfield and John Pawson are the other British finalists in the category.

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Materials Of The Future: 7 Amazing Trends For 2014 And Beyond

Materials Of The Future: 7 Amazing Trends For 2014 And Beyond | StyroHomes | Scoop.it

The history of architecture is deeply engrained in technological developments of the time. Skyscrapers would have never reached such heights without developments in steel, for example, and facades would have never slimmed down without thin-shell concrete.


In a time that is so buzzing with technological development, we cannot help but salivate a little at the material prospects for architecture that are just on the horizon. With 2014 just beginning, we want to take a moment to see what drastic innovations may be leaking into the world of architecture in the near future.


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An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles

An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles | StyroHomes | Scoop.it
A net-zero prefab home design is set to reinvigorate a down-at-the-heels Los Angeles neighborhood.

In 2011, Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles (RNLA), a nonprofit that invests in housing, sent out a request for affordable, sustainable designs for lots in the city’s South Central area. “We very much want to introduce new design ideas and new technologies to low- and moderate-income districts,” explains John Perfitt, executive director. “Good design and new construction methods can, over time, have a very positive influence in restoring neighborhoods.”

After whittling down the field from nine proposals, they selected a net-zero prefab design submitted by Habitat for Humanity and Minarc, a Santa Monica–based architecture firm known for its innovative, energy-efficient kit houses. Thanks to a streamlined, waste-free construction method and affordable materials, like cement board cladding and Cradle to Cradle–certified panels, the firm’s three 1,200-square-foot homes came in at the requisite $150 per square foot—including foundation, trans- portation of the modular components, and rooftop solar panels that offset 95 percent of the structures’ energy demands...


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Jim Gramata's curator insight, October 27, 2014 12:17 PM

Pre-fab + net zero + affordable = new housing development model

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Future Building Blocks? - Skanska to print #3D #Concrete Products #Construction

Future Building Blocks? - Skanska to print #3D #Concrete Products    #Construction | StyroHomes | Scoop.it

Skanska and Loughborough University have signed a deal to develop the world’s first commercial concrete printing robot.


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Mark Warren's curator insight, November 25, 2014 6:55 AM

It works by laying down successive layers of concrete until the entire object is created.

A. Perry Homes's curator insight, November 28, 2014 6:25 PM

3D Concrete Printing will change the architecture game.

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Round Room | MIT School of Architecture + Planning

Round Room | MIT School of Architecture + Planning | StyroHomes | Scoop.it
Opening reception: 9/12, 5:00 PM On view: 9/12 - 10/15 Refreshments and light fare will be served. What would the Incas create today with their advanced knowledge of precision stone carving and our contemporary technology? Round Room is a translation of the Inca wedge method into a digital process that manifests in the Baroque tradition of the interior model. This mash-up of cultures and times productively reconsiders how we define space—volumetrically.

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Ionut Anton's curator insight, October 10, 2014 6:21 AM

digital stereotomy. digital design of freeform surfaces made up by a number of unique digitaly fabricated blocks.

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Kicking Horse Residence

Kicking Horse Residence | StyroHomes | Scoop.it

contThe Kicking Horse Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is arranged as two elements: a dense bar along the northern edge containing the sleeping and bath spaces, and an open shell with living and dining spaces oriented toward the extraordinary mountain views.

A glass volume links these forms, with the main entrance at the lower level and an upper landing for ski access on the west side. Careful positioning of program enables a sense of openness and transparency while screening the neighboring homes from view. The linear form of the sleeping spaces cantilevers over a board-formed concrete base containing the garage, mudroom, and playroom.


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New photos of 10 'green' 3D-printed houses in Shanghai, built in 24 hours | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

New photos of 10 'green' 3D-printed houses in Shanghai, built in 24 hours | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | StyroHomes | Scoop.it
In a first, a Chinese company has advanced the science of 3D printing by printing 10 houses entirely out of recycled materials, in just under a day.

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Ionut Anton's curator insight, April 14, 2014 8:00 AM

China 3d printing whole houses. for real. and cheap.

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 15, 2014 5:13 AM

Nos espera un mundo de sorpresas.

Paulo Matos's curator insight, April 15, 2014 7:36 AM

Casas construídas em 24 horas!

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Honda Smart Home produces more energy than it uses - Mother Nature Network (blog)

Honda Smart Home produces more energy than it uses - Mother Nature Network (blog) | StyroHomes | Scoop.it
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Honda Smart Home produces more energy than it uses
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Indeed it does, because solar panels can return power to the grid and make your meter spin backwards.

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Affordable Housing Designed for Net Zero

Lexington Farms, a single family affordable housing development in Illinois, looks to be LEED Platinum and net zero via clean energy on each house.

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Duane Tilden's curator insight, March 20, 2014 10:38 PM

"The model under which these modular homes are made available to residents is rather unique. They were built for those making less than $41,000 a year, and were reportedly provided to these people in a rent to own situation at a set monthly lease cost of $590. Each 1,425 square foot, three bedroom dwelling is green down to its core via an array of eco technologies. Owners apparently had to be provided with a special manual to educate them about the various green technologies they are living with.

So what exactly is under the hood of each green home in Lexington Farms? According toUrban Green Energy, the impressive list includes one of the firm’s 1,000 watt eddyGT vertical axis wind turbines; 7,200 watt photovoltaic solar roof panels; Energy Starappliances; U35-rated, argon gas filled windows; R-21 wall and R-49 attic insulation; low-flow water fixtures and WaterSense toilets; sustainable landscaping with efficient irrigation systems; recycled construction materials; low VOC paints and energy efficient, fluorescent light fixtures.

At the time of construction is was said the IHDA invested more than $2.5 million into the project, providing federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds and federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits to finance it. The federal tax credits, noted the IHDA, “were a result of a special allocation for counties hit by severe flooding [and] generated an additional $6.7 million in private equity for the development.”

Overall, these green homes aimed for net zero energy usage via the renewable energy features. An additional $260,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity further supported the development."

 

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Wallaby Lane House and Studio

Wallaby Lane House and Studio | StyroHomes | Scoop.it

Wallaby Lane House and Studio is located at Tinbeerwah on the Sunshine Coast. The dwellings were designed by Jolyon Robinson of Robinson Architects for a family relocating from Sydney.
The site, a long sliver in shape, is just over two hectares. Established bushland in the center of the property separates the two buildings. The property is not serviced by town water or sewerage, so an onsite waste water treatment system looks after both buildings and rainwater is harvested.
The house sits high on the site and is linear in plan to follow the natural contour. The house plan is spacious yet compact. No space is wasted. Orientated to the north, large eaves and a fly-over roof shade the building. Cross ventilation, natural daylighting and beautiful views to Cooroy Mountain are maximized.


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Think Small: Renzo Piano's Vitra House

Think Small: Renzo Piano's Vitra House | StyroHomes | Scoop.it

Vitra’s carefully curated campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, contains works by Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry, FAIA, and Jean Prouvé, among other top-tier designers. Now the venerable Swiss furniture company has added a tiny prefab house by Renzo Piano Building Workshop to the mix. In 2013, Vitra unveiled Diogene, a 43-square-foot prototype.

In keeping with the no-frills lifestyle of its ancient Greek namesake, the philosopher Diogenes, the house consists of only one room. A slim, ultra-efficient layer of insulation is sandwiched between the cabin’s wood frame and aluminum skin. “The house is really minimal,” says Vitra project manager Aja Huber. “It’s a life where you have to think, do you want the sofa or the bed?”


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BigRep ONE Unveiled, Largest FDM 3D Printer Yet - 3DPrint.com

BigRep ONE Unveiled, Largest FDM 3D Printer Yet - 3DPrint.com | StyroHomes | Scoop.it

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Ionut Anton's curator insight, February 17, 2014 4:09 AM

watch a 3d printer print a table

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Elegant + Eco-Friendly Appleton Residence in Venice, California

Elegant + Eco-Friendly Appleton Residence in Venice, California | StyroHomes | Scoop.it
Appleton is an elegant eco-friendly residence located in California. It features an uncluttered interior, connecting the inhabitants with the courtyard.

The orientation of the house was thought out to maximize passive solar design and natural ventilation. Every room is connected to the courtyard, allowing inhabitants to move freely from inside to outside. The use of natural materials softens the contemporary lines of the overall design, highlighting the connection to the exterior.


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Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere Designed to House 100 People Under the Sea

Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere Designed to House 100 People Under the Sea | StyroHomes | Scoop.it
Phil Pauley's Sub-Biosphere 2 is a self sustaining underwater city for 100 inhabitants.

London designer Phil Pauley is a modern day Jules Verne who has spent the past 20 years designing an underwater city . For Pauley, Sub-Biosphere 2 is a viable structure he hopes to see built in his lifetime. The self-sustaining, futuristic biosphere is designed to house 100 inhabitants underwater, and it’s the latest in a slew of projects that aim to ease housing shortages for a growing global population...


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Catherine Devin's curator insight, February 6, 2014 7:11 AM

Une utopie ?

Un lieu de curiosité et de villégiature temporaire ?

A quel prix environnemental ?

Il nous reste aussi des réserves de créativité pour construire des logements pour tous à terre.

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Prefab House Mini Modern by MAPA

Prefab House Mini Modern by MAPA | StyroHomes | Scoop.it

This beautiful prefab house called the Mini Mod by MAPA utilizes prefab construction, allowing for the home to be built in a controlled environment, creating less of an impact on the construction site. What you see here is just a version of what can be built, expanded and created using the modular system that MAPA has designed.


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Osku Penttinen's curator insight, January 21, 2014 8:58 AM

The ultimate bachelor house. I would love one even just as a small cottage. Only thing is, you need to be far from neighbours and other people unless you want to know what a fish in an aquarium feels like.

Patrick O'Carrigan's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:57 PM

Lovely crisp execution of a well tracked idea