The core of the prefab system is a wooden post and beam construction that supports a concrete slab. The utilities and elevator core of the building can be made from either concrete or wood. The exterior shell is engineered to maximize the walls’ r-value and reduce thermal bridging. The system has the potential to qualify for the Passivhaus standards which supports, and in fact encourages, larger buildings.
The design is based on a 1.3 meter grid, and can be used for hotels, offices, apartments, or other needs. The façade utilizes a panelized system which can be manipulated for the client’s aesthetic preferences and supports a number of technologies. These include a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPVs) system, green wall system, solar thermal panels or a second glazing curtain. Systems integration help make best use of energy resources like solar, biomass boilers and passive cooling thanks to the operable windows.