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ture and install built environments.
This approach is transforming the
interior construction industry by com-
bining speed, cost certainty, sustain-
ability and modularity with the benefits
of custom dimensions, functionality
and aesthetics. This has the potential
to decrease waste drastically by auto-
matically cutting materials to custom
specs before they arrive at the job site.
On the other side of the scale is
the physical construction element.
By making building components act
more like puzzle pieces and less like
raw materials, the space is quickly
constructed by fitting parts together
in a universal way, yet the outcome is
always unique to the client’s needs.
In the manufacturing factory, it is
a case of what you see is what you
get. Every screw, every saw cut, every
electrical outlet is now a barcode being
fed directly to the machines. No human
error. Everything is built in a clean,
well-lit, ergonomically sound environ-
ment where recycling requirements are
minimal but controlled. Meanwhile, a
crew at the job site is creating a “warm
shell.” Paint the
the air conditioner,
put in the ceil-
ing grid, add the
lights and carpet.
addition would be
an access floor for
and data to be at
your fingertips for
an extremely fast
This type of
tions and renova-
tions much more
the agile walls
respond as needed and work easily in a
new design. Using the software, the cli-
ent can order additional components as
needed, can update existing walls with
new colors/materials for a different
aesthetic and it’ll all be manufactured
and delivered to the site within two to
four weeks, ready to pop into place.
The space is ready for all the stuff
being built in parallel at the factory.
Once they arrive, all the elements
walls, doors, electrical boxes,
cabinets, etc. — tilt up, pop in, clip
on and click in. Completion of a
28,000-square-foot floor plan, with
a 12-person crew can be ready for
move-in in as few as seven days, with
only one small recycling bin and a
light clean-up crew. Less than 1 per-
cent of the materials used for your job
will end up in that recycling bin.
What does this mean for client? For
the client, the software platform creates
a real-time interactive and easy-to-
use 3D experience to fly around and
determine if they like what they see,
and make changes while exploring.
While 2D drawings can be difficult
to truly understand, a full-color 3D
graphic with the ability to virtually walk
through means all decision makers
understand what the space will look
like — no surprises. Any changes made
in 3D are automatically reflected in the
specifications, manufacturing instruc-
tions and price. The data controlling
the parameters of the construction
elements is embedded in there, too.
So, if a design has a wall that is taller
than the allowed building code, the
software will produce a warning.
Otherwise it simply connects all of the
parts together and leaves the designing
to the designer. Clients end up with a
space they wanted and expected, and
they can feel confident and empowered
throughout the entire process.
The intelligent design and speci-
fication software also means prefab
components can be created to ensure
a high degree of function. For example
walls can be built to house integrated
technology inside the cavity, such as
TVs, speakers and hands-free controls.
Integrating technology inside the walls
means elements are kept secure and
can be accessed by the facilities teams
for repair or replacement whenever
needed. Offices can turn into confer -
ence rooms, meaning businesses can
pounce on opportunities without wor -
rying about putting employees through
the hell of renovation or moving.
Finally, less than stellar, existing
buildings can become thriving digital
palaces on the inside, giving start-ups
and small companies a chance to save
on monthly rent. This adds significantly
to a company’s sustainability goals. It
takes 20 to 50 years of operation for a
building to match the embodied energy
it took to build it in the first place. So
the greenest building is actually an
existing building — particularly one with
an interior that is dynamic to match
the needs of its inhabitants and their
Scott Jenkins is president of DIR TT Environmental
Solutions. DIR TT, which stands for Doing It Right
This T ime, uses its patented 3D technology soft-
ware to design, specify and manufacture interiors.
DIR TT manufacturing facilities exist in Phoenix,
Savannah, Kelowna and Calgary.
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