Posted By Unity Team • October 14 2015 • Comments On
At Unity Homes, we use the word montage (a French word meaning “assembly”) to describe three main processes: 1) how our designs are assembled on-screen in 3D using pre-designed and pre-engineered components, 2) how those components are actually manufactured in our shop, and, finally, 3) how our homes are assembled/built on-site from those pre-fabricated components. We have completed the montage design process for the Zūm model home that will be featured at this year’s Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.and the montage pre-fabrication process is now underway in our shop. However, for this project we’re taking our in-shop work a step further.
After manufacturing the components of a typical Unity Home, we don’t put them together—actually build the home—inside our shop. However, this particular project is not typical Unity. With just two days to assemble the home in the Convention Hall, we knew there would be little if any margin for error—that it would be crazy to attempt this, without first pre-fitting as many of the parts and pieces as possible in our shop. (more…)
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Posted By Unity Team • October 7 2015 • Comments On
Unity is known for building homes unusually quickly, but the show home that’s being featured at this year’s Greenbuild Conference and Trade Show in Washington D.C. will set a new bar for speed. Our ambitious plan is to assemble the prefabricated components of this home over the course of two days inside the trade show hall. The completed home will then be open for tours during the conference.
“The biggest challenge with an extremely compressed schedule like this is to maintain Unity’s high level of quality,” says company founder Tedd Benson. To successfully meet this challenge, the Unity team is drawing on a long heritage of precision prefabrication and “blitz builds.”
With a construction schedule this tight, there’s no room for errors or omissions. Experienced carpenters know that mistakes can be minimized by adhering to the adage “measure twice and cut once.” At Unity, we put a different spin on that saying. We say “build twice: first virtually, and then in reality.” (more…)
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