BHS has developed an innovative housing construction technology, which by using high quality recycled materials, solar energy and maximum energy efficiency has an environmental impact close to zero; at the same time, the construction time is halved, a seismic system is included and cement and water are eliminated, factors which significantly contribute to the environment. Add to this a careful and comfortable design, as well as the gender component, which allows both men and women to work on the manufacturing and assembling processes.
This is done based on two key elements:
- By designing urban areas which implement the concept of a 21st Century ideal city, with extensive green spaces, sustainable internal mobility, extremely high renewable energy use, common social spaces, digital community and urban processes, urban vegetable gardens, etc. All of which is based on the urban planning approach created by the engineer Ildefons Cerdà in the 19th Century with the expansion of Barcelona, where the Greco-Roman military model was recovered and a city formed by an orthogonal street grid was created.
- By using technology based on industrial, high quality, building production processes where the top finishes are incorporated into the panels so that they can be easily assembled with minimum shrinkage. This is combined with maximum optimization of logistics processes, greatly reducing timeframes and costs. It is a production process that combines disciplines such as aeronautical engineering, automobile engineering, energy sustainability and of course, architecture.
Seven types of panels and elements are produced which have integrated electrical circuits, water conduits, windows, doors, etc. so that they only need to be assembled in the space where the building is to be located, making it possible for the construction process to be completed in record time.
These parts are manufactured in a factory, in a format which allows them to be transported in the most optimal and effective way, reducing time and cost.
2 Stairs and balconies
3 Frame (floor / roof base / horizontal)
4 Load (wall) (vertical) (center and perimeter)
5 Services (electrical installations and plumbing for kitchen and bathrooms)
6 Facade (exterior finish) (includes windows, doors, etc.)
Entire neighborhoods can be built using the new BHS concept, which allows design proposals for new urban areas to be carried out in a few days, and construction to be completed in record time; this is due to the standardization of the production process (where final finishes are done in the factory) and the maximum efficiency of the logistics, as well as the assembly process in the urbanized area.
- Construction in record time.
- A four-story building (8 homes) was completed in 5 weeks.
- Construction of urban areas in record time (less than half the time of traditional construction processes.
BHS bases much of its approach on eco-architecture, or sustainable architecture, with the aim of maximizing natural resources and creating building systems that minimize environmental impacts. Its technology is conscientious when it comes to raw materials and renewable energies, reducing the use of energy and natural resources as far as possible and minimizing waste generation. It also presents solutions for sustainable mobility in newly created urban areas.
- Without using cement.
- Without using water.
- Without using bricks.
- Almost zero waste generation.
- Built with renewable energies.
- High reduction of energy consumption.
- Using solar energy to supply more than 70% of each of the homes and the common building areas.
- AA energy rating.
- Using recycled materials (recycled steel, wood, etc.).
- Reducing the environmental impact of the construction process.
- Reducing CO2 emissions by optimizing transport and logistics.
- Reducing the environmental impact by using renewable energies and high levels of insulation.
- Developing internal mobility systems that reduce the use of private cars.
BHS has developed a modular, standardized manufacturing system which reduces times and therefore costs; the latter are thus 10-15% lower than those in traditional construction.
Manufacturing of standardized parts
- Factory finishes
- Optimized logistics
- On site manufacturing
- Reduction of construction / assembly time