Industrialized wall panels for house building

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The paper describes research regarding wall panels of a new house building method grounded on integration of interacting requirements of contemporary feasibilities. The main concept is a structure of sideways supported slender studs combining perfect load bearing as well as insulating properties by using solely inexpensive materials. The result so far is a panel existing of 95-97% immobile air that can bear about 1000 times its deadweight. Laboratory tests indicate that extreme lightweight panels fit for walls of two-storey dwellings, even if concrete floors are put in. The wall panels are especially developed for industrialised production but have facilities to create an irregular, pre-defined layout of a dwelling with a minimum of labour at the building-site. Some pilot projects are performed to study the practical appropriateness of this concept. Of course many other aspects are integrated within the research framework, for instance regarding automation in design and production, acoustical and thermal performances, integration of service pipes, aesthetics at inside/outside... Achievements regarding internal and external moisture exposure are presented in a separate paper [6]. This paper presents a general view of the state of development so far.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th world conference on timber engineering (WCTE 2004)
EditorsA. Ranta-Maunus, T. Toratti
Place of PublicationHelsinki
ISBN (Print)9517584431
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Event8th World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2004) - Lahti, Finland
Duration: 14 Jun 200417 Jun 2004
Conference number: 8


Conference8th World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2004)
Abbreviated titleWCTE 2004


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