The Glue That Binds PrePHab: How Designers & Builders SIMMplify Passive House

The typical picture of prefabrication – a panel being positioned by crane – belies the tremendous amount of required planning and interdisciplinary coordination. Single Integrated Manufacturing Modeling (SIMM) and off-site prefabrication work together as the glue that binds this collaboration.
Where many educational programs focus on the rapid installation and production benefits of prefabrication, this session emphasizes the coordinated up-front approach. This innovative approach capitalizes on production methods to support collaboration and clash detection while enabling the most complex architectural designs and geometries. 
Two very different Certified Passive House projects will illustrate the journey. The projects, different dramatically in scope and aesthetics – traditional vs. modern – demonstrate the ease with which the approach can be transferred. Project architects and construction teammates will share how prefabrication and SIMM enable stakeholder voices to be heard, minimize risk, and support high-performance building, making low-carbon and Passive House results accessible to any owner, builder, or architect.

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Friday, May 7, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

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Mass. CSL 1.5 hour Energy
Conference-day attendance credits available from PHIUS, RESNET, and Mass. CSL

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify what separates SIMM from typical REVIT or other BIM models, and how parts-based modeling leads to improved accuracy, efficiency, and sustainability
  • Use transferable experiential knowledge of how SIMM and interdisciplinary coordination can solve project-specific problems, resolve complex geometries, and lead to low-carbon Passive House results regardless of project type, including complex Passive House window and control layer details and how to optimize low-carbon decision-making during design
  • Recognize typical communication and coordination gaps created through siloed workflows and seek methods to merge design with manufacturing accuracy in order to improve their own design and build processes
  • Understand why and how you might use advanced modeling and prefabrication, what the combination adds to a project, and how it supports an accessible streamlined path to Passive House goals and other high-performance, low-carbon buildings

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