Project MICADO! emerging tech for emerging societies. modular insulated concrete core - advanced and optimized panelized production system. increased environmental sustainability. unparalleled cost reduction for the construction industry.

Brief description

MICADO proposes the development of a new advanced production system for buildings, comprising components produced on autonomous manufacturing facilities and simply assembled on site. It will integrate innovative principles and subsystems, including:

– development of a geometric system

– new structural system

– high performance and precise thermal and acoustic characteristics

– new connections and compatibility with complementary systems

The smart choice of materials and geometric morphologies will allow highly productive mass manufacturing, safeguarding increased environmental sustainability and unparalleled cost reduction for the construction industry.

The energy efficiency ensuing from the structure and characteristics of the components, associated with the low probability of construction errors occurrence, will allow, in the use phase, highly energy-efficient and, consequently, ecofriendly buildings.

Important social impacts will be ensured by the possibility to construct high-quality and energy-efficient buildings, with much lower costs and deadlines than the market average, enabling more citizens to purchase and live in ecofriendly buildings throughout the building’s lifecycle.

The system will also reduce the complexity of the building’s acquisition and construction process. Software will be developed to allow customers to design, budget and order their ideal home, with definitive prices and deadlines. Furthermore, an intelligent logistics software will be developed, which will integrate orders with component stocks and delivery procedures.

The consortium also considers that the construction industry does not give the due importance to the making of healthy building environments. Thus, an innovative and modular indoor air quality monitoring system will be developed, 100% integrated with the MICADO system, enabling healthy buildings in a simple, safe and affordable way.

Team

Consortium:

Graniparalelo Construction

UTAD – University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

IPB – Polytechnic Institute of Bragança

External partners:

Houselab Technologies

CISE – Electromechatronic Systems Research Centre

CeDRI – Research Centre in Digitalization and Intelligent Robotics

IteCons – Institute for Research and Technological Development in Construction, Energy, Environment and Sustainability

Project director: Nelson Bento Pereira