Sustainable and Circular Construction through Modular Prefabricated Systems

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Structures".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2024) | Viewed by 1201

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Urban Transformation Research Centre, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Sydney 2127, Australia
Interests: design for manufacturing; design for assembly; modular building; prefabrication; offsite manufacturing; platforms; sustainable design

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Centre for Infrastructure Engineering, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Sydney, Australia
Interests: 3D sandwich panels for construction; composite structures; sustainable construction; advanced technologies in rehabilitation of structures; fracture mechanics

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Centre for Infrastructure Engineering (CIE), Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
Interests: prefabricated steel connections; modularized construction; rehabilitation of structures; novel connections

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Offsite manufacturing is a solution for the construction sector that has long been criticized for shortcomings in efficiency, sustainability, quality, affordability, and socio-environmental responsiveness. Modular prefabricated systems, as the backbone of offsite construction, have gained attention due to their potential for efficient processes, reduced construction waste, and low environmental impact while offering higher quality, faster construction, and better reusability. Modular prefabricated systems can therefore play a significant role in the transformation of the construction sector into a more sustainable and circular ecosystem.

Modularization involves the production and assembly of structural and non-structural components in a manufacturing facility, followed by the transportation of complete assemblies or sub-assemblies to the construction site where the structure will be erected. Recognizing the adverse influence of the currently resource-intensive construction sector on the environment, human health, and the economy, it becomes crucial to prioritize sustainable circular construction. Extensive research consistently highlights the significant sustainability and circularity potential of modular construction through prefabrication techniques.

The main goal of this Special Issue is to gather the latest research and developments in modular prefab systems with an emphasis on the impact on sustainability and circularity. This Special Issue covers various topics, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Modern methods of prefabrication;
  • New sustainable practices in modularized construction;
  • Waste management in modularized construction;
  • Prefabricated concrete/steel/timber structures;
  • Effect of modular prefab systems on sustainability and circularity;
  • Modular structures.

Dr. Pejman Sharafi
Dr. Parisa Shadan
Dr. Alireza Goudarzi
Guest Editors

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  • modern methods of construction
  • prefabricated systems
  • modular systems
  • waste management
  • prefabricated concrete/steel/timber/composite structures
  • sustainable design
  • design for manufacture and assembly
  • offsite manufacturing/construction

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Robustness of Corner-Supported Modular Steel Buildings with Core Walls
by Ramtin Hajirezaei, Pejman Sharafi, Kamyar Kildashti and Mohammad Alembagheri
Buildings 2024, 14(1), 235; - 15 Jan 2024
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This paper studies the dynamic response of corner-supported modular steel buildings with a core wall system, under progressive collapse scenarios, associated with corner module removals. Since using secondary systems such as concrete core in mid- to high-rise buildings is currently unavoidable, understanding their [...] Read more.
This paper studies the dynamic response of corner-supported modular steel buildings with a core wall system, under progressive collapse scenarios, associated with corner module removals. Since using secondary systems such as concrete core in mid- to high-rise buildings is currently unavoidable, understanding their impact on load transfer between modules during collapse scenarios becomes essential. The designated four-, eight-, and twelve-story buildings were modelled using the macro-model-based finite element method in Abaqus. In addition, three different locations are considered for the concrete shear core within the building plan, leading to nine various case scenarios. Each vertical and horizontal inter-module connection was modelled by one axial and two shear springs with predefined nonlinear force-displacement behavior. The local and global buckling, which plays an essential role in the building’s stability, was considered to obtain accurate results. Finally, parametric studies on the building response were carried out, including the intra-module connection rigidity and inter-module connection stiffness. The results demonstrated that the core wall could maintain the robustness of a modular steel building through two mechanisms dependent on its location within the plan. In addition, preventing plastic hinges from forming in beams could be introduced as an anti-collapse mechanism in the corner module removal scenarios. Full article
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