There is a growing world-wide market for fully fitted prefabricated
building modules, an area in which Europe is lagging behind. The
intelligent exploitation of module technology could have a significant
impact on working methods within the European construction industry,
leading to cost savings, faster building and increased quality through
The objective of this project was to establish a structured approach
to the design, production and installation of building modules.
Two production prototypes were developed and implemented, along
with a patented design for advanced structural connectors and comprehensive
software to assist in manufacturing. Borrowing advanced materials
from the aerospace and automotive industries, cost savings of up
to 50% were achieved.
The new building technology also gives rise to significant energy
savings through incorporated isolation and highly accurate assembly.
In addition, on-site erection is quiet, involving minimal environmental
Project partners are now promoting the new technology and a number
of potential users have shown interest in the project. Without EC
funding there would not have been a project, say partners.