Published on September 28th, 2012 | by April Streeter0
Computer-generated homes are greener
Nicholas Bjørndal and Frederik Agdrup can build a home with their four hands – and the high-tech assistance of a computer, a computerized milling machine, and plywood pieces that get printed like a jigsaw puzzle. Bjørndal and Agdrup, both architects, teamed up with Facit Homes of the uk to pioneer computer-printed homes. Their first project, a villa called Asserbo built near Copenhagen, is 1,345 square feet of house made from wood – there’s no cement and minimal use of steel.
Instead, Bjørndal and Agdrup fed the home’s architectural plans to a CDC printer, which cut all of the plywood (Wisa Spruce from Finland’s UPM-Kymmene), minimizing waste and making assembly a cinch. Asserbo was completed in just four weeks without heavy on-site equipment needed. The cost is comparable to regular home construction, but Agdrup said Asserbo will be “much better performing in all ecological senses and thus, in the long run, much cheaper.” The team is planning a project in Norway and hopes to export its computer-generated home design worldwide.