D-Process Creates Lego-Like Pieces for Homes to be Built Right On Site

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Facit Homes has patented the D-Process, a high-tech machine that turns a 3D computer model of a home into functional pieces that can be snapped together to build an entire house directly on-site.

With the help of D-Process, the company designs detailed pieces of each home on a computer and cuts them on a CNC router, and the result is plywood pieces that are light and easy to assemble right at the site. This maintains a quick process for homes that easily snap together with minimal costs and waste.

Each home also has a thermal envelope that seals in heat and energy. There are also options for solar thermal systems and solar panels, depending on the specific site and requirements.

The D-Process is in the running for a 2013 Index Award, which is part of an organization that seeks to provide sustainable solutions to design and lifestyle challenges.


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For more information and photos on homes that have been built with the help of D-Process, visit facit-homes.com.

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  • lavardera

    I find this whole proposition perplexing and contradictory. The advancement of this as “the future of house building” is an idea that on one level seems preposterous – that cnc milled plywood would ever supplant conventional frame construction – and on another level is completely at odds with their poetic waxing over custom design. Are they suggesting that custom design is also the future of housing? Because right now its a tiny percentage of house building. If that is not what they are proposing, then their heavy testimony on the power and fulfillment of custom design is irrelevant to the technology they are promoting. And they’ve made no case for why you would build a house this way, why you would bring a cnc mill to a site rather than make the pieces in a shop, or even more importantly why this way of putting together a house offers any advantage at all.

    It does the field no favors to let things like this stand. I call it an extremely weak concept flying on stylish delivery. 3 out of a possible 10.

    • Carmen Jeanne

      Lavardera, I think I can answer your question…they “like” the way it sounds, no matter that in the practical world it holds no water; on the internet it sounds great!

  • justmilknosugar

    I’m not sure if these are the same people “company” but a house on the Grand Design programme built a house using this method.

    Only advantage I could see was that you can cut the pieces as and when required on site rather than stock all the individual pieces with a need to sort them out. I’m not an architect, house designer or house builder, I’m a mechanical engineer so don’t know the exact ins and outs.

    A major problem would be if you wanted to build a small development. in a short time scale, you’d need many onsite CNC machines and thus greater costs. Unless you churn out the parts like a production line and move from house to house building at various stages.

  • Alexander López

    I understand Frank Lloyd Wright also had the idea of making interlocking pieces to build the Usonian home right there on the site, by the actual owners of the house.

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