Sustainable Modular Panelized System: Reinventing the Building Industry

EPA Grant Number: SU831855
Title: Sustainable Modular Panelized System: Reinventing the Building Industry
Investigators: Knapp, Chris , Buelow, Peter Von , St.Amant, Bill , Mansuy, Eric , Keoleian, Greg , Beeson, John , Schertzing, Kyle , Battin, Matthew , Rand, Stephen , Kamat, Vineet
Current Investigators: Hauptrnan, Jonas , Reister, Ann , Sinha, Arnit , Dingwall, Austin , Grobe, Benjamin , St.Amant, Bill , Feinberg, Fred , Keoleian, Greg , Giles, Harry , D'Agostino, Jeanna , Kumon, Jim , Beeson, John , Schertzing, Kyle , Devore, Lee , Battin, Matthew , Johnson, Megan , Navvab, Moji , Finn, Parker , Bole, Richard , Vogt, Robert , Signor, Steve , Risk, Timothy
Institution: University of Michigan
EPA Project Officer: Page, Angela
Phase: I
Project Period: September 15, 2004 through September 14, 2005
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2004) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Nanotechnology , P3 Challenge Area - Built Environment , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability


Space in our nation's landfills is rapidly running out due in large part to waste from the residential building industry. To combat this problem, a diverse group of students and faculty from the University of Michigan have begun to rethink conventional building practices and establish a new system through which production waste can be reduced and sustainable and environmentally friendly products can be used in innovative ways.


This proposal will design and produce a fully integrated modular panelized building system that integrates multiple building components. The proposed panelized system will use materials and innovative design to maximize building efficiency, longevity, sustainability and reuse, thereby reducing pollution, inefficiency, and landfill waste.


Project results will be measured and evaluated through life cycle assessment that compares traditional and proposed building techniques in terms of consumption of energy, raw material and disposal costs. The panelized system will be implemented through the construction of a solar home built using this new technology.

Expected Results:

Finally, P3 concepts already play a large role in the education of University of Michigan students. This project will increase the prevalence of these concepts through student coursework, collaboration with different University units and private corporations, and through increased involvement with green policy and planning initiatives in Southeast Michigan

Publications and Presentations:

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Supplemental Keywords:

building industry, panelized building system, modular, efficiency, P3, Scientific Discipline, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, Sustainable Industry/Business, POLLUTION PREVENTION, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Environmental Chemistry, Energy, Environmental Engineering, environmentally preferable products, cleaner production, sustainable development, green design, clean technology, alternative materials, green home building, energy efficiency, pollution prevention design, product life cycle, construction material, environmentally conscious design, clean manufacturing designs

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