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Development of a highly efficient and sustainable building process

Prefabricated elements and systems offer significant advantages in terms of construction time, safety, environmental impact, constructability, and cost. The aim of this project is to develop a highly efficient and sustainable building process to allow construction of adaptable, affordable and highly sustainable small-scale prefabricated buildings. Consideration will be given not only to the design of the buildings but also to the manufacturing processes used for the building materials and the building itself, leading to buildings which will be highly modular, adaptable and flexible without sacrificing environmental credentials or affordability.

Dwelle Limited

Dwelle has created a range of carefully designed micro-buildings that are highly sustainable, fast to erect and extremely adaptable. Their award winning "dwelle.ings" can achieve zero carbon status, potentially meet Passivhaus standards and if doubled-up (which can be done at a later date), will meet Lifetime Homes Standards.

Researcher: Ruth Sutton

Following a first degree in Environmental Science, Masters in Geotechnical Engineering and PGDip in Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies, Ruth Sutton's academic path brought her from Leeds Metropolitan University to Liverpool's School of Engineering. Her research interests include testing the fabric performance of residential buildings and managing projects which moniter the buildings in use.

Project supervision

  • Dwelle Limited
  • University of Liverpool

Thu 26 July 2012