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Housing for Europe in the next century - affordable, high quality homes for all

Objective



FutureHome is a project for creating high quality housing and is related to the approved inter-regional IMS project, IF7 (Intelligent Field Factory). It will concentrate on developing know-how to create affordable manufactured housing in Europe taking account of the diversity of styles, designs and materials, as well as the preferences of owners and occupiers. The scale of this challenge is beyond any national RTD programme and looks to European support to co-ordinate a large scale response. FutureHome has the potential to provide European industry with the capability for producing 640 000 more homes annually.

FutureHome will develop:
1) adaptable and sustainable building system concepts that can take advantage of advanced manufacturing systems and methods and
2) corresponding off-site and field factory production/assembly processes using intelligent automation, and an IT infrastructure involving cyber-agents.

These leaner design and construction processes will focus on value for money, improved productivity and sustainablility. FutureHome will have benefits through savings in construction cost of 30% and 35% in construction time, together with a reduction in defects on completion of 60%. Other benefits include improving the quality of life, social fabric and health of the European economy.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Address
Imperial College Road, Exhibition Road
SW7 2BU London
United Kingdom

Participants (12)

Building Research Establishment Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address

WD2 7JR Watford - Garston
City University
United Kingdom
Address
Northampton Square
EC1V 0HB London
Dyckerhoff & Widmann AG
Germany
Address
Hohenzollernstrasse
76135 Karlsruhe
GRUPO DRAGADOS S.A.
Spain
Address
Avenida De Tenerife 4 - 6
28700 San Sebastian Los Reyes
Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan
Sweden
Address
72,Drottning Kristina Väg
100 44 Stockholm
Rautaruukki Oy
Finland
Address
Fredrikinkatu
00100 Helsinki
Slavenburg's Bouwbedrijven BV
Netherlands
Address
Nieuwe Haven
3117 AA Schiedam
TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
Kivimiehentie 4
02044 Espoo
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH
Germany
Address
Arcissstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YR Lancaster /High Bantham
Unisys Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Barrington Road
WA14 1HB Altrincham
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Spain
Address
15,Butarque
28911 Madrid