Improved building materials, higher efficiency while building AND huge enough to offer accessibility for 3D-printed housing – these are just some of the benefits of using Sitecover. The solution started out as providing cover at up-scale concerts in the entertainment industry and is now entering the building industry with financial and other gains.
Originally designed for huge outdoor concerts and lately used by renowned artist Ed Sheeran, this solution is now entering the building industry. Sitecover is the name – and within 30 hours a structure the size of Wembley Stadium can be assembled. Sitecover is carried out by the company of the same name and developed in collaboration with Danish design agency 3PART:
`Because it´s so easy to assemble and has the strength to endure rain and strong winds it simply creates a safer, more efficient – and thereby cheaper than normal – building process´, explains Simon Skafdrup, CEO and founder of 3PART. He continues:
`Eventually Sitecover will affect not only the economy in a building project but also the processes, as Sitecover allows for cranes to carry up to 24 tons under cover. As a side-effect, I even believe that the choice of materials architects will be able to use in their design process will change.´
He points out how, in climates with rainy periods, concrete is often the preferred material, as you can always blow this material dry again. However, this method is not only expensive in financial terms, but also for the environment.
He – as well as one of the co-founders of Sitecover, Jacob Maintz – is hoping that Sitecover is the solution that enables architects to be more creative in their designs, as Sitecover also brings the option of building and manufacturing on site instead of entire building modules having to be transported across country:
`The max-size of Sitecover allows for a 3D printer to manufacture an entire house printed on site – so without being too cocky, the only limit at this point is the imagination of the architect´, explains Jacob Maintz.
Entertainment first – then the fourth largest industry in the world
When looking at Sitecover, one might think to have seen similar solutions before. Which is partially correct – and wrong at the same time. The basic idea came about by mixing the original design created for the entertainment industry – being able to securely cover large outdoor concerts –the vulnerable electrical gear, audience, artists and being able to not only set up and disassemble flawlessly in less than 24 hours – with known problems in the construction industry.
Finetuned and improved for the building industry, Sitecover brings control and provides fair weather to construction sites while offering a solution that scaffolding, combined with either fabric or shrinky dink, does not allow:
`First of all establishing scaffolding of the size required on huge construction sites takes weeks. Secondly, the canopy of Sitecover is able to carry full snowloads and withstand heavy winds and still have cranes working efficiently under the roof. The result is that the financial cost and the risk on site decreases significantly by using this solution´, states Simon Skafdrup from 3PART.
The calculation from Sitecover is that the modular crane and site-covering structure provides up to 11% more yearly work days, and in total saves contractors roughly 7% of their construction costs. Sitecover provides a highly scalable solution, decreasing assembly time and use of manpower by allowing assembly and disassembly of 1000m2 in just one day.