UK consulting engineer Arup has teamed with Massachusetts off-site construction firm WoHo to make modular building affordable, greener and easier to scale.
Arup will help WoHo (short for World Home) to develop solutions in structural, mechanical and electrical engineering with the goal of launching a pilot project in Boston in 2021.
WoHo was set up by three engineers from MIT and Georgia Tech to create a streamlined platform for the design, manufacture and construction of modular buildings, with reusable components that can be customised to suit residential, healthcare and commercial buildings.
The company, which has raised $4.5m in seed funding, has also partnered with Swiss cement maker LafargeHolcim.
Debora Mesa, WoHo’s president, said: "We are front-loading the building design and engineering process for architectural and environmental benefit. Â
"We are bringing the insight and knowledge of respected experts to collaborate with our in-house team assessing our products and crafting a successful path from factory to market."
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