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Broad Buildings

Broad Sustainable Buildings in China has cracked the code for Lego-like construction of tall buildings using mass-produced parts assembled on-site.  This week, the news has been abuzz over a six-story building being built in nine days, but just a few months ago they did a thirty-story building in only fifteen.  Their excuse is that there was rain and a holiday during their construction of the six-story building; otherwise it should have gone up in 24 hours.    Broad's construction objectives merge two things not usually paired:  ecology and the company town.  Broad Town is a community built by the company for the benefit of its workers, demonstrating the ecologically-friendly products that the company produces.  The theory espoused by Broad is that by manufacturing modular building materials in factories, they can control energy usage and reduce the time it takes to build a building, saving energy and man-hours, out of energy-efficient factory-made parts.  If there's any country that needs quick, energy-conserving construction of living spaces, it's China, so it's no wonder they're on top of things.  I wonder about the longevity of such a building, but being modular, in theory deconstructing or replacing parts should be a bit easier than in welded steel and poured concrete buildings that are the norm for the rest of the world.