EDFAB phase 2: is a digital revolution possible for construction?

McMeel, Dermott, Chapman, John, Manfredini, Manfredo, Leardini, Paola, Raftery, Gary and Patel, Yusef (2015). EDFAB phase 2: is a digital revolution possible for construction?. In: 2014 Building a Better New Zealand Conference. Building a Better New Zealand Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, (159-169). 3-5 September 2014.

Author McMeel, Dermott
Chapman, John
Manfredini, Manfredo
Leardini, Paola
Raftery, Gary
Patel, Yusef
Title of paper EDFAB phase 2: is a digital revolution possible for construction?
Conference name Building a Better New Zealand Conference
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 3-5 September 2014
Convener BRANZ
Proceedings title 2014 Building a Better New Zealand Conference
Place of Publication Porirua, New Zealand
Publisher BRANZ
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9781927258422
Start page 159
End page 169
Total pages 11
Chapter number 16
Total chapters 41
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
As the noise and furore surrounding digital fabrication dissipates, where do we as designers and builders find ourselves? Contrary to media hype there is not a factory in every garage, nor are designers and builders becoming unnecessary. On the contrary, new models of manufacturing are emerging and new ways to design are developing in other industries where these innovations are not only profitable but radically improve the consumer experience. With early adopters well seasoned and leveraging benefits from digitally sponsored fabrication, where does this leave design and construction? In this paper we outline EDFAB: eco-digital fabrication, a research project partly funded by Transforming Cities to develop new consumer friendly forms of design and construction. Our aim is to challenge conventional processes and relationships, proposing radically new viable alternatives that address problems of affordability, space adaptability, energy performance and indoor comfort. To do that, the project develops a system that introduces both process and product innovation. It combines enhanced construction technologies, new materials and digital fabrication methods to produce distinctive, high quality, healthier and cost effective residential buildings that conform to international Passivehaus standard. The paper discusses the specific contribution to the project of the different involved research areas – building technology, architecture and sustainable design and digital fabrication – and presents the early achievement of the research: a 10m2 prototype domestic scale ‘sleepout’ designed and built using digital fabrication, and novel plywood construction methods that are very easy to build and handle. We are developing easy to use software for consumers to tailor designs and an expert interface that automatically creates the building components, considering boundary conditions to deliver sites-pecific comfortable and energy efficient solutions. Contrary to popular myths, our research points to material skill and traditional craft and knowledge being more important than ever in the imminent digital revolution for construction.
Keyword Architecture
Digital fabrication
Eco-digital fabrication
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
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