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Ultra-lightweight building technologies

In Switzerland, researchers and architects have teamed up on a project dubbed NEST (Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies) to develop innovative building technologies, including ultra-lightweight and thin components. Their flagship project is HiLo, a prototype residence and office building that will be constructed with an ultra-slim roof shell. 

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Greenbuild 2013: dMASS, Atelier Ten teaming up on better with less innovations for the built environment

This fall Howard Brown of dMASS and Mark Loeffler of Atelier Ten will present “Dematerializing the Built Environment: In Theory & Practice” at Greenbuild 2013. Today we’re excited to announce a partnership with Atelier Ten to identify better with less innovations in the built environment leading up to the conference. Atelier Ten is a collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative consultancy of environmental designers, building services engineers, and lighting designers focused on delivering high-performance, low-energy solutions in the built environment. The firm has completed projects across the globe, from the UK to Singapore, Morocco, Qatar, and has offices in London, New York, San Francisco, New Haven, and Glasgow.

Look for regular contributions from the Atelier Ten team in the coming weeks in the dMASS Insights newsletter. In addition, members of the Atelier Ten team will be publishing articles on dMASS.net regarding projects, technologies, and design strategies they are encountering in their work.

In addition, while we continue to screen innovations for inclusion in the dMASS database and vet innovations for contests in all fields, we’re putting a call out right now particularly for the built environment. Send us your suggestions for innovations that deliver more benefits with drastically fewer resources in the built environment - we’ll select three to be featured in Howard and Mark’s Greenbuild presentation.

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DECONSTRUCT, DESIGN, DEVELOP

There are 19 million vacant buildings in the US alone - many of them slated for demolition - representing  223 billion cubic feet of material 

D-Build sees vacant buildings as standing, salvageable collections of natural resources

D-Build aims to increase the value of reclaimed materials by tracking the history of the materials and through the power of storytelling

D-Build fills a void in the reclaimed materials market, creating a reliable and easy-to-use marketplace for locating, buying and selling reclaimed materials

D-BUILD is creating an information-rich, interactive history of building deconstruction. D-Build.org is the central hub, with a vast intertwined network of information, a marketplace for users to exchange reclaimed materials, finished products made of these materials, plus ideas and services, including deconstruction consulting.

Innovation Summary

There are 19 million vacant buildings in the US alone - many of them slated for demolition – representing 223 billion cubic feet of material. D-Build is built on the idea that vacant buildings are standing, salvageable collections of natural resources, an untapped resource full of reclaimable materials that should be harvested – “materials 2.0.”

Deconstruction is the process where a building is un-built and broken down into its base components for reuse or recycling. Today, locating reliable sources of reclaimed materials remains a challenge for individuals, artists, and architects, and interested parties must adapt other methods for doing so. D-Build fills a void in the reclaimed materials market, creating an easy-to-use marketplace for locating, buying and selling reclaimed materials, to encourage the widespread use of these materials, thereby increasing demand and promoting deconstruction over demolition. D-Build’s virtual marketplace provides a means for individuals and companies who collect and use reclaimed materials to connect. The marketplace displays raw reclaimed materials and architectural salvage for sale and new items, such as furniture, made from reclaimed sources. D-Build also aims to increase the value of reclaimed materials by tracking the history of the materials and through the power of storytelling.

THE DMASS PERSPECTIVE

The reclamation of materials already in circulation - or mining above grade - is an important dMASS strategy. By promoting the use of reclaimed materials, D-Build will reduce energy use, landfill space, and more, while preventing the loss of energy embodied in materials in standing buildings. In addition, the resources needed to ship virgin materials around the world can be greatly reduced by reusing materials locally. D-Build’s approach also touches on several interconnected issues, including community revitalization, job creation, and potentially the re-localization of manufacturing.

BACKGROUND

D-Build was started by an industrial designer who saw the need for an alternative to demolishing buildings and who was interested in helping others understand the value of reclaimed materials. He has developed several large projects involving the reuse of materials from deconstructions.

Contact:

www.d-build.org

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