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This demonstration project is concerned with the next generation of steel construction in the residential sector, which provides flexible and adaptable living space by new sustainable construction systems and which meets new standards of energy efficiency and reduces environmental impact. In this project, a series of demonstration buildings were designed, constructed and monitored in order to demonstrate the benefits of various forms of steel construction in terms of: prefabrication of components, including modular units, adaptability for change of use and different occupancy patterns, high standards of energy efficiency and acoustic performance, good levels of sustainability in terms of minimum embodied and operational energy, reduced resources and waste. The demonstration buildings are summarised as follows. UK: A 'hybrid' modular and panel method of building was developed and demonstrated by a prototype two-storey building using a combination of modules, floor and wall panels. Modules were used for the highly serviced parts and circulation areas. Finland: Two demonstration buildings were constructed during the project for annual housing fairs in 2000 and 2002. These buildings included various novel features to reduce energy consumption and improve thermal comfort. The buildings were monitored to evaluate their energy use in Nordic conditions. Germany: An apartment building with five to eight units has been designed, known as the Generation House. This building can be extended as family sizes change. Sweden: An 'OpenHouse' system has been developed, which has been used in an important residential scheme in Helsingborg, north-west of Malmö. The project consists of 29 apartments, and the structure comprises a primary steel frame, wall panels and modules in two-storey and one four-storey building. Italy: A system of temporary accommodation for disaster relief has been developed, in which modules can be extended by using a novel 'pull to open' system. A prototype mod

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Authors: LAWSON R M, The Steel Construction Institute, Berkshire (UK);OGDEN R G, The Steel Construction Institute, Berkshire (UK);BÉGUIN P, The Steel Construction Institute, Berkshire (UK);AROMAA P, Rautarruukki, Helsinki (FI), VTT, VTT (FI);NIEMINEN J, SBI, Stockholm (SE);BERGERSSOM B, CSM, Rome (IT);WIDMAN J, CSM, Rome (IT);FATTORINI F, 3L Architects, Menden (DE);LUIG K, CTICM, Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21420 (2005), 197. Euro: 25
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-21420-EN-S)
ISBN: ISBN 92-79-00062-4
Record Number: 200618436 / Last updated on: 2005-12-15
Original language: en
Available languages: en