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The D-Process
Work category

About

A unique approach to making homes - digital fabrication.

Detailed Description:
The building is designed on computer in pieces with every little details of your home, including orientation, material quantities, and even the position of individual plug sockets. The material used for the building is plywood and is cut on a CNC router. In the workshop these plywood pieces are assembled into lightweight blocks, which is called as Lego-like "cassettes". On site you only need two people to put together these cassettes like snapping together Lego bricks.

Known drawbacks of design:
-

Website:
http://www.facit-homes.com/

Designed in:
2011

Status of realization:
In production

Challenge(s):
Energy, Habitation

Region of use:
Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, South America

Form/Impact/Context

Form
Each project is unique, informed by the needs and ideas of the client and by the site. The home could be ultra-modern, bold and animated or discreet, calm and subtle. Good architecture uses the right language for the situation and is based on an instinct for proportion, materials and composition. Facit has developed a distinct process for improving the ways of making homes, called the D – PROCESS. It uses a 3D computer model, which contains every aspect of each home from its orientation and material quantities, even down to the position of individual plug sockets. Avoiding the complex logistics and expense of a large factory, the D - PROCESS is based on site within a compact mobile production facility. It is here, on site, that the D – PROCESS transforms 3D digital components into your homes exact physical components, produced on demand, as required, keeping costs down and eradicating lead times.

Impact
Facit homes far exceed current environmental design requirements. They use materials efficiently. Insulation, for example, is pumped in loose, which means nothing is lost, and wood waste is collected and sent back to our supplier, where it is used as fuel to power the sawmill. Facit homes conserve energy and minimize heat loss. Their ‘embodied energy’ are taken into account, which means establishing where all raw materials come from and how much energy was used to make them. A range of supplementary environmental systems, such as solar thermal systems and photovoltaic panels, can be incorporated into the home. Each of the homes components are designed so that they are easy to assemble, an approach known as ‘Design for Assembly’. Designing in this way reduces construction times and costs, and means that the build runs smoothly, putting you in control.

Context
Building sustainably not only helps protect the environment but also, by reducing your home’s energy use, provides security in the face of rising energy prices.

Business

Is the design protected by patent or ip registration?
registration

How has the development of the design been financed hereunto?
Company development costs

Is there a plan for future investments?
Not known

Is there in-house competencies to secure market roll out of the design, with regards to investment, distribution, sales, etc.?
Yes

Credits

Designed by:
Facit Homes

Title/Role:
Architects

Professional status of designer:
Active

Nationality:
United Kingdom

City/Country of residence:
United Kingdom