CLT Modular System
The intention was to design a construction system with 2.44m x 4.88m modules, which can be transported in small trucks that can reach places of difficult access. The width of 2.44m is compatible with the width of small trucks, which has easy access to any urban or rural location and does not require special authorization to transport the modules.
The minimum size of 2.44m works well for transport, but is unfeasible as dimension of rooms in a house. It was then proposed an extension of space. These modules function structurally as rigid cores in the set. In the interval between them are supported floor and ceiling panels, and the frames with doors/windows. In the modules are concentrated the electrical and hydraulic installations, made in the factory, reducing the work in construction site. The building components are transported from the factory to the construction site as modules and panels. In place, the modules are positioned and serve as support for the panels.
The interval has little or no installation. The use of panels and not just modules, despite reducing the level of pre-fabrication, allows greater flexibility in the spatiality and more compact transport.
The modules are made from CLT (cross laminated timber) with steel profiles. The windows/doors are built in a frame made of rectangular section tubular steel profiles. These profiles, besides receiving the frames, work structurally connecting the modules in CLT and thus collaborating in the stability of the structure.
With the definition of the infrastructure modules, it was intended to have several possibilities of spatial configuration. The house can be extended by adding new modules. It can also be disassembled and assembled with a new configuration.