A computational model for product cycling of modular buildings Academic Article in Scopus uri icon


  • © EG-ICE 2020 Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering, Proceedings. All rights reserved.Advances in industrialized building systems are creating reliable solutions for traceability across a project. However, there is an increasing demand to expand traceability to more dimensions than just the materials, processes and stakeholders involved in a project. Social demands for a circular economy, in which parts, products and materials can flow within open resource loops, are necessitating the need for lifecycle-based traceability of our built assets. This paper presents a computational model for ¿product cycling¿ of modular buildings. Given their innate assembly and disassembly attributes, modular buildings offer a unique advantage to building owners and building stock managers for cycling of modules (i.e., adding modules in future adaptations, or redistributing, reusing and repurposing of modules into new assets). We present the basis for a computational model containing considerations for module topology, lifecycle costs and lifecycle impacts. We demonstrate the result of this model in a product configurator, which serves as a tool for expanding state-of-the-art traceability from being project-based to product-based across multiple lifecycles.

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  • January 1, 2020