We began the RE-Fab project in 2013 as part of a TSB funded feasibility study. The “RE-Fab House”™ Project was a groundbreaking construction project which explored, developed and demonstrated new forms of construction allowing improved construction efficiencies, adaptation of buildings in use and the deconstruction and re-use of components at end of life.
The feasibility study for the RE-Fab House Project was completed in 2013 in collaboration with Ecobond (Cymru) Ltd, Bangor University Bio-Composite Centre, C-Tech Innovation Ltd and Cullinan Studio.
In 2014, the ASBP continued to progress the RE-Fab project. We were delighted to again be working with Ecobond Cymru (Graham Hilton & Geraint Williams), Jon Baker from ES Global – experts in demountable structures and Sir Robert McAlpine, to create a framework for the development of Flexible Life Buildings (FLBs), underpinned by a series of design, build and operation principles that will facilitate building design for de-construction and re-use (DfDR).
ASBP convened a RE-Fab Technical Committee, which held its inaugural meeting on 18th September, 2014. The committee aims to:
- Define the protocols for adaptable and demountable, permanent quality buildings
- Identify and assess the products and components that deliver these buildings
- Measure the social, environmental and sustainability benefits
We are carrying out research into alternative building components that could be used in a FLB and are liasing with product manufacturers to develop RE-Fab compatible products.
The ASBP formally launched RE-Fab at Resource and Ecobuild, 3-5th March, 2015, where the ASBP and its RE-Fab partners held two popular seminars.