House02 and LTU/Habitat for Humanity Oakland Partnership

Lawrence Technological University

Student Organization: LTU Habitat for Humanity

During the last three years, graduate students studying architecture at Lawrence Technological University have worked with Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, property shareholders and community partners in and around Detroit to develop a more efficient, sustainable and affordable building delivery system. The approach that has resulted from this effort brings together the efficiencies and supports of pre-engineered and traditional construction with those offered by emerging processes, including digital fabrication and energy modeling, and sustainable materials.

The first home, House01, will be completed in the spring of 2017. The second iteration of the work, House02, which is already supported through the initial Ford C3 grant and our growing list of community partners, will be completed in the fall of 2017.

The funds from this grant, will be used to realize a second home in the fall of 2017, which will create a sustainable business model for the developments of affordable housing and allow our team to the scope of the investigation from a single house to community of homes. This will allow us to respond to the growing community interest around our work and consider sustainability, affordability and community-based design at an incrementally larger scale. The resulting works will be better positioned to capitalize upon our research and offer greater benefit to our community partners for years to come. This is possible because all funds allocated through the additional grant will be matched by our community partners, creating an ample support for sustained engagement and allowing our students to realize a critical step toward the final goal of our larger project: the construction of more sustainable and affordable communities in and around Detroit.

To learn more about their project, view their original winning entry, below.

Lawrence Technological University has worked with Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County to make the building delivery system used by this organization more efficient, sustainable and affordable. This project unites efficiencies and supports of traditional construction with emerging processes, including digital fabrication and parametric data analysis, and materials, including pre-manufactured structural insulating panels and recycled content sheathing systems. The first home, HOUSE01, will be completed in the fall of 2016. These funds will help to build the next iteration of this work, HOUSE02. Specifically, the funds will be used to build the digitally fabricated componentry, including building envelope, kitchen, bathrooms and closets, of HOUSE02.

In some respects, this project is already sustainable. Habitat for Humanity intends to use the new approach to design homes for the foreseeable future. The funds from the grant will allow the conversation to move from the construction of sustainable, affordable and effective homes to the construction of sustainable, affordable and effective neighborhoods–an effort that will be supported through the partnership with Habitat, as well as other developers eager for a more sustainable building delivery system