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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthormarsaday
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2020
    I have just watched this utube video about a modular build home being carried out by a young lad who has been going 5 years. It's on a big scale mind you and it looks pretty impressive. He has some serious backers behind him.

    General summary:

    A rated homes
    Air tight
    shell build in 3 days

    He has some houses for sale on right move in Corby at the moment.


    Looks better than the standard rubbish put out by the mainstream builders.
    • CommentAuthorJeff B
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2020
    Looks brilliant. Quite a personal story too.
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2020
    Not going to watch a 23 minute video, sorry.

    The etopia website is horrible - I hate wix/parastorage - based sites at the best of times and theirs is completely over the top. I also wasn't able to find any actual information on it. Lots of buzzwords and acronyms, lots of video and brave words about wonderful futures.

    So I have no opinion except that I'm very clear I'd want to see some hard facts before touching them with a ten foot pole.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2020 edited
    He can certainly talk the talk, I hope the rest follows. Modular assembly line construction is the only way future housing needs will ever be met, IMO, Henry Ford taught us that in 1908.
    Whether standards can be maintained or the trained labour available, or the "green" materials required to do that, are even available in quantity is another rmatter. Add to that the time factor, the price and, and the quality control necessary to achieve the exacting standards that many on this forum have personal experience of, and the mountain looks very high indeed.
    I hope they succeed though.
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2020
    Hmmm ... for sure it's a convincing' distruptive entrepreneur' pitch, ticking all the boxes of this moment in time, which public, officialdom he hopes, loyal staff, can buy into.

    Personally, I get warning signals around such individuals, inspiring entrepreneurs, particularly politicians, that we time and again put our trust in, and they perhaps 30 to 1 turn out to be simply someone with that knack, no more. When such inspiring individuals do not have something to sell or influence to gain, them I can trust them more - teachers, doctors, servers of society.

    Primal societies generally regarded such tendencies as evidence of aberation, to be humorously disabled or in extremis, exiled.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2020
    It does make you wonder what magic formula they have come up with that all the other pre-fabricated building manufacturers,- loads of them,- with all their experience, and proven track record, have missed.
    I was only looking the other day at Boklok, the Skanska+ Ikea project, had to offer but I couldn't find a lot of detail there either.
    • CommentAuthorSteveZ
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2021
    This Chinese company Broad Group is worth a look. I wonder if anyone else is doing modular housing as good as this appears to be? 10 Storey building erected in 28 hours .......


    PS the New Atlas site can occupy hours of your valuable time - beware! :wink:
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2021 edited
    I think this 3D printed reinforced-earth housing has promise - albeit you'd want some lime render on it in the UK:
    • CommentAuthorSimon Still
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2021 edited
    So what is it behind all the gloss? I can't see any detail that describes what really makes them different - visually they appears to be a structured insulated panel system, but with cement board (?) outers rather than OSB and a metal frame/rail link rather than timber. Probably better for tolerances/build accuracy. Maybe more expensive (?). Not clear the insulation/airtight impacts. There really is very little detail there.

    My first take is that they really need to employ a better architect/designer as all of these house designs are ugly to my eyes. Proportions and detailing just look wrong.
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2021
    I fully agree with the above comments.

    I have lived in Japan, and frequently, one comes across a small house, tightly wedged between two others. But a basic cube with correctly designed proportions, make the house look terrific.
    • CommentAuthorSimon Still
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2021 edited
    I've looked at the floorpans now - theres a few good things (laundry room, plant room) but this is a bit of joke -

    a room shown with a double bed but not the space to open the door and get in, or to get around the foot of the bed, or have any storage.

    and 'eco' homes building in car dependency and with garages that surely no-one is ever going to use. Travel always a blind spot.
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    FWIW, all the volume housebuilders up here seem to assemble TF kits, which they have built off-site. Maybe the weather here is too bad to build frames or blockwork on-site. Dunno if the end product is any more efficient but they certainly go up fast.

    Some of them seem to have one crew assembling the TF kit wall panels, while another crew assemble and tile the roof on the ground nearby. Then the whole roof is craned on top of the walls.
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