Our approach is to design and build a system as a complete product including foundation, structural frames, coverings and even utilities.
A “whole organism” approach is envisioned; connectivity is designed into the components so that labor costs (quantity) as well as the sophistication (quality) of labor could be minimized.
Designed for Deconstruction (DFD)
We incorporated this philosophy so that the components could be disassembled and reused (up-cycled) well into the future, preventing any waste at the time of construction as well as at the end of the structure’s lifecycle. Reuse allows the system’s value to be retained and is far better than recycling.
There is no grading or “earth improvements” needed for construction, only those required for access. Sloped sites present far fewer issues with our techniques as opposed to conventional excavated concrete footings and foundations.
A lightweight space frame platform integrated with a post and beam frame, supports substantial loads.
Material use is minimized due to the resultant geometries of the structures (multiple triangulations). Since steel is purchased by weight, “lightweight” translates into very low material costs.
Utilities (plumbing, electrical and HVAC) are easily installed, maintained and removed or replaced as necessary, all without any demolition.
Blueprints or intelligence is stamped into individual components greatly reducing the skill and training necessary to quickly assemble high quality structures. No tape measures are needed during assembly as the individual components dictate the required dimensions throughout the process of fabrication.
The construction system represents multiple leaps in technology, environmental considerations (with the product itself as well as the site), assembly (speed and cost) and building performance.
Our approach is to focus on the components since they will be doing the real work long after the skilled labor has gone on to another job.
In typical construction as much as 80% of building costs are labor related. In essence cheap, out of date materials (wood, blocks and mud) are laboriously transformed by very expensive, highly skilled “craftsmen”.
Cheap, low quality materials are what is left behind and they are soon faced with the challenges of termites, mold, fire, warpage, shrinkage and other perils.