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Date
2013
Region
UK
Sector
Research
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Collaboration Climate
Contact
Colin Rice
Team
Ecobond (Cymru) Ltd, ASBP, Bangor University, C-Tech Innovation Ltd

A feasibility study for a research project to explore, develop and demonstrate new forms of construction to allow improved efficiency in the deconstruction and re-use of building components.

RE-Fab House

We collaborated with Ecobond (Cymru) Ltd, the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, Bangor University and C-Tech Innovation Ltd, on an Innovate UK-funded research project on re-usable construction.

The RE-Fab House project explained in under 5 minutes

The RE-Fab House project employs standard continuous improvement techniques to the design, construction, deconstruction and reconstruction of a number of properties on an accelerated cycle.

Over the course of six years, five houses will be designed, constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed. The performance of each of these process steps will be closely monitored against a series of Key Performance Indicators.

The research project aims to:

  • improve the ‘whole-life’ performance of materials by developing the re-usability of building materials through multiple building cycles
  • develop procurement and material stewardship methods to facilitate this type of construction
  • identify product development activity needed to improve the recovery of materials from buildings in a directly usable form
  • develop an evidence base and set the standards and benchmarks for design, construction and deconstruction.

Collaboration

The RE-Fab House project will be driven by a cross industry steering group bringing knowledge and expertise from across the supply chain.

The RE-Fab House site would incorporate an Education Centre to act as a base for the operational team and as a venue for open and transparent dialogue with the wider construction industry and its clients. This would facilitate input into the improvement process as well as the dissemination of knowledge gained from the project.

Climate

New houses are being designed with low to zero CO2 emissions in use, meaning a greater proportion of a building’s CO2 emissions come from embodied emissions in materials and components used in their construction.

The reduction of whole-life embodied CO2 emissions is the primary objective of the RE-Fab House project. This will be achieved through the initial material selection and the increase in the amount of materials re-used through multiple building cycles.