Interface design for open systems building

Jochem C. Nijs, Elma Durmisevic, Johannes I.M. Halman

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    Open Building and IFD (Industrial Flexible Demountable) building are philosophies that aim to create high quality buildings with increased flexibility and better environmental characteristics. However, a successful adoption of IFD principles has not yet occurred because of concerns for the types of connections that are needed between building components. Therefore, this paper describes PhD research at the University of Twente that has the objective of designing a typology of flexible interfaces for IFD building that can be widely applied in the construction industry and aims to standardize connections, at the various levels of technical composition of a building, to create compatibility between building products from different suppliers. Such a typology of interfaces will increase the re-use and recycling of building parts, resulting in the increased sustainability of the building process. Furthermore, it will help accelerate the industrialization of the housing industry and mass customization of housing. A preliminary case study, in which a sustainable, flexible bathroom is designed, illustrates the various types of interfaces that can be applied, based on existing research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication16th International Conference on Open and Sustainable Building, O&SB 2010
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the international conference
    EditorsJ.A. Chica, P. Elguazabal, S. Meno, A. Amundarain
    Place of PublicationDerio, Spain
    PublisherLabein Tecnalia
    ISBN (Print)978-84-88734-06-8
    Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2010
    Event16th International Conference on Open and Sustainable Building, O&SB 2010
    - Bilbao, Spain
    Duration: 17 May 201019 May 2010
    Conference number: 16


    Conference16th International Conference on Open and Sustainable Building, O&SB 2010
    Abbreviated titleO&SB 2010


    • Interface design
    • Open systems building
    • IFD building
    • Interface typologies
    • Sustainable building


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