First Light: reflection on prefabrication

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    Marriage, Guy
    2012 Conference Papers
    Construction, materials and technology


This paper follows the progress of deploying a prefabricated building overseas. In the Solar Decathlon in 2011, a solar-powered house was designed, constructed in New Zealand and then shipped to the USA for a ten day long competition. The First Light House received a high ranking in the student competition, winning major awards. This paper builds upon two previous papers describing the design, procurement, construction, and onsite management of the prefabricated First Light housing system. It draws from and summarizes student work encapsulated within the university-funded project. The paper summarizes on-site issues with a building constructed off-site, and as a project gave all involved highly practical experience with the real, hands-on side of commercial practice.


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