The I-SSB project
The I-SSB is a colaborative research project partly funded by the European Comission, under the 6th Framework Programme - Priority III - NMP4. It started in January 2007 and it will last for 4 years. 22 partners-industry-led-from 11 countries are collaborating to develop a new modular lightweight multi-level building concept based on multi-functional, load bearing dry-wall systems coupled with smart steel-stud/frame components.
New sensors will actively control dynamic oscillations of building components together with wireless networks to monitor and regulate component performance with self-healing and auto-correcting characteristics.
Anti-vibration, fire-safety technologies and new building materials will be developed and applied in pre-identified parts of the building.
Innovative 3D virtual design strategies and procedures will consider the load bearing of partition walls resulting in considerable improvement of structural stability and fire safety and significant savings in primary resources.
The new concept will secure safety in cases of risk, comfort through monitoring of indoor parameters and space flexibility.
It will move workforce from site to the factory contributing to social cohesion and sustainable development.
The characteristic dynamic response of steel-frame lightweight constructions to external perturbations, the very good mechanical strength properties, thermal insulation, fire-resistance, ease of application and retrofitting capabilities of dry-wall systems render them ideal for the new building concept that will radically innovate the EU modular building sector.
The IP addresses re-engineering of production chain of dry-wall steel-frame buildings (value chain analysis, techno-socio-economic, market analysis), development of innovative technologies for multi-story buildings (self-healing building materials and components, active control sensors-actuators, embedded networks, hybrid structural system, computational and virtual design tools), environmental performance (recycling potentials, risk analysis), demonstration in a full-scale purpose built model house, training - innovation and management activities thus demonstrating vertical integration of the supply chain.
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