The ManuBuild vision involves open manufacturing in construction, ambient and scalable manufacturing methods, and value driven business processes appropriately supported by ICT to provide affordable, customised and flexible buildings improving the quality of life and providing better value to the customer with related services offered by knowledge-driven SMEs. The industry driven goal is to create an Open Building Manufacturing System, a new paradigm for building production by combining ultra-efficient manu facturing in factories and construction sites and an open system for products and components offering diversity of supply in the open market. A holistic approach is used in RTD related activities through four specific S&T objectives. The results are va lidated and demonstrated in several full scale building projects by the industrial partners and in collaboration with five city councils. The radical paradigm shift from the current "craft and resource based construction" towards "open building manufacturi ng" will enable highly customised buildings using manufactured, knowledge based components from the open market and assembling them efficiently on site. The consortium contains partners with, multidisciplinary competencies from stakeholders across EU, is e ndorsed by the European construction industry, and supported by various city councils and national and international programmes. External project funding in the range of +18 million euros is expected and partly committed already. Potential impacts include; cost reductions in excess of 50%, time reductions in excess of 70%; a reduction in accidents of 90%; a new knowledge based industry offering quality jobs (mainly for SMEs) all over the EU; new business opportunities; safety at work; reduced waste; better job satisfaction; more value to cutomers resulting in better quality of life (society); housing in less developed parts of the EU, etc.
- FP6-NMP - Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices: thematic priority 3 under the 'Focusing and integrating community research' of the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme 2002-2006.
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