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Buildings 2018, 8(9), 117; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings8090117

Design and Development of Weatherproof Seals for Prefabricated Construction: A Methodological Approach

Center for Advance Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
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Received: 30 July 2018 / Revised: 14 August 2018 / Accepted: 14 August 2018 / Published: 24 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modern Prefabricated Buildings)
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Satisfactory weatherproofing of buildings is vital to maximise their design life and performance which requires the careful design of external sealing technologies. Systems commonly available have served well in conventional construction however with many prefabricated systems emerging in the building industry new and novel means of weatherproofing between panels and modules need to be developed purpose specific to this application. This paper presents a holistic and fundamental methodological approach to Design and Development of waterproof seals and has been applied specific for prefabricated panelised and modular systems. Two purpose specific weatherproof seals are finally presented. Flow charts of the overview of the suggested methodological approach and the processes within which include DfMA that have been incorporated into understanding and developing seals for this practical application. These strategies have enabled a resourceful and holistic set of processes that can be adapted and used for similar forms of product research in new and developing areas of construction such as prefabrication. The design and development process is thoroughly investigated and has resulted in an exploration of the technical challenges and potential solutions which take into consideration factors from installation limitations to building tolerances. View Full-Text
Keywords: panelised and modular prefabricated construction; weatherproofing and waterproofing; sealing joints of façade components and walls; Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), design and development panelised and modular prefabricated construction; weatherproofing and waterproofing; sealing joints of façade components and walls; Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), design and development
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Orlowski, K.; Shanaka, K.; Mendis, P. Design and Development of Weatherproof Seals for Prefabricated Construction: A Methodological Approach. Buildings 2018, 8, 117.

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