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Design optimisation and prototyping for affordable rural housing.

Deveci, Gokay; Musau, Filbert; Clubb, Matt; Foster, Janice; Victoria, Michele; Stuart, Bryan; Buchanan, Sarah


Filbert Musau

Matt Clubb

Janice Foster

Bryan Stuart

Sarah Buchanan


The current shortage of new-build homes in rural areas calls for innovation and improved productivity. Integra House was designed as part of a project that focused on optimising and prototyping the digitally-integrated production of affordable rural housing. The project also explored the potential for using digital methods in housing construction. The aims of the project were to produce affordable and good quality rural housing, to reduce rural fuel poverty, to improve the health and well-being of occupants, and to reduce waste and CO2 emissions. The design was developed using iterations of computer-aided design (CAD), energy and environmental simulation, and structural and capital/life cycle cost-analysis. The design provided a cases study for the comparison of robotic versus artisan assembly of low-energy and low-carbon rural housing, with an emphasis on affordability. The prototype was constructed using whole and milled timber combinations.


DEVECI, G., MUSAU, F., CLUBB, M., FOSTER, J., VICTORIA, M., STUART, B. and BUCHANAN, S. 2020. Design optimisation and prototyping for affordable rural housing. [Design]

Other Type Design
Publication Date Sep 30, 2020
Deposit Date Mar 10, 2021
Publicly Available Date Mar 10, 2021
Keywords Domestic architecture; Rural architecture; Sustainability; Timber construction; Scotland
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