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Prefabricated building system launched to meet 2030 Challenge of carbon reduction

US-based Clark Pacific launches prefabricated building system, NetZero Building Platform, eliminating 40 percent of carbon emissions over a buildings lifespan.

Called the NetZero Building Platform, it claims to be a complete prefabricated system for next-generation office buildings that prioritise the environment and occupant wellness, and help owners and designers meet the 2030 Challenge.

The 2030 Challenge is the child of non-profit organisation, Architecture 2030, whose mission is to rapidly transform the built environment from the major emitter of greenhouse gases to a central solution to the climate emergency.

It’s suggested to be an ‘all-in-one solution’, where the Platform optimises structure, skin and mechanical systems for premium performance and design flexibility at a lower cost.

The pitch embraces all the efficiency dividends that prefabrication brings to a build but also reimagines not only how structures are constructed, but also optimises their core integrated systems using their prefabricated building system, NetZero Building Platform.

“While building owners want highly efficient, sustainable buildings, adding these features to conventional construction can be complex and require special designs that are often cost-prohibitive,” said Jon Mohle, product manager at Clark Pacific.

“As we look toward a more efficient building process and sustainable future, we’re committed to delivering innovative products, like the NetZero Building Platform, that drive construction forward and eliminate the need to sacrifice sustainability for cost.”

Manufactured in a plant-controlled casting environment with proprietary concrete mix designs, the prefabricated building system results in 28 percent less embodied carbon than a conventionally constructed building. It features an integrated thermally active radiant floor system that reduces energy use and mechanical costs and as part of an overall solution, provides 100 percent fresh air to building occupants, which has been tied to healthier, more productive work environments. In addition, the floor system activates a building’s mass as an energy storage solution, which can be used to store up to 16 hours of solar energy.

“The NetZero Building Platform is a wonderful example of what can be created when we work together,” said Noah Zallen, principal mechanical engineer and radiant design practice lead for Integral Group, a consulting advisor to Clark Pacific. “By fully maximizing prefabrication and engineering integration, Clark Pacific has transformed what is normally a highly specialized bespoke process for world-class radiant buildings into a ready-to-go, flexible building system. The result directly solves the design, construction, performance and cost barriers to successful radiant buildings.”


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