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 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.