A modular building system for a circular economy, FlexSola™ can be used to construct many types of buildings, of any size, and is particularly advantageous when future expansion, layout flexibility, construction expediency, or demountability are desired. Thanks to these advantages, Flexsola™ is a most competitive building system for affordable housing, for communities in the third world and indigenous peoples, for expedient developments in harsh climates, for military facilities that can be easily relocated, and for post-disaster construction.
Click on the photo of the steel mockup to see a video illustrating how the system works for a house. The architectural design options, including layout and facade, are practically limitless, which makes it possible to accommodate municipal planning requirements, and to integrate additions to existing buildings and urban fabric.
The unique saddle connection makes two design and installation options possible. Firstly, it is the installation of the prefabricated components on site, which may be the best solution to suit local conditions. See how the Guiding Pin facilitates the installation.
Secondly, it is the pre-assembly of the prefabricated components into segments of container-size, which are then transported to the site, and installed with minimal labour required (click on the photo of 3 segments). There are no other modular building systems, which currently offer both these options.
This building system creates space modules that can be added horizontally, or vertically, for accommodating future needs, without disturbing the existing interior space. Thanks to bolts-only connections, all components can be easily and quickly assembled, or disassembled. In the near future, this could be accomplished with robotic drones, thus further reducing the installation time and labour required on site. This capability facilitates construction in harsh climates. Furthermore, the saddles could be mass-produced with 3D printing.
With its ability of incorporating solar panels and mini wind turbines, without affecting the rooftop, Flexsola™ could produce more energy than it would consume. The ecological footprint of the building is substantially reduced by a landscaped roof terrace, which returns to nature a large portion of the original land used. Complemented by an optional greenhouse, this rooftop terrace could be an outdoor oasis for leisure, pets, or to grow organic fruits and vegetables, in a private and protected environment. It can also function as a collector of water from rain and snow.
Imagine a world where Humankind lives in Harmony with Nature! FLEXSOLA CITY is a concept for an elevated urban development, which could achieve this dream. It could be applied in several areas, such as: Reclaiming dilapidated, contaminated, or underutilized areas; Preserving natural areas and farmland; Developing the desert. The concept relies on a new space truss design.