A Design-Led Initiative, Taking EPS Formed Concrete Construction and Building Design Into The Future
The SURI Project was commenced in 2012 during academic research into EPS/ICF formed concrete as a Sustainable and Resilient method of construction for post-disaster residential Design. Building on previous experience of this type of construction within private architectural practice, the project continues to evolve through extensive in-house fact-based and design-based building research of theoretical and proven baselines, technical guidelines, established housing performance indicators, and legislatory requirements. This process informs the development of specific design and technical solutions and the establishment of new standards of future high-performing residential building.
The project is the work of Architects and Designers with widespread and long-term design, project management, construction and technical problem-solving experience and expertise, and is a thoroughly design-led initiative driving constructed outcomes.
The SURI Project is focussed on low-medium density Urban Housing which may seem a small target, however it is by far the most prolific building type throughout the world. It transforms the largest land areas and provides home and living accomodation for entire populations.
Our research has revealed significant problems exist within new and existing housing stock in many locations. These include such things as vulnerability to extreme natural events, poor thermal performance contributing to poor health and excessive energy costs, lack of durability, and excessive ecological impacts and toxicity of materials in common use. These problems are further intensified by the steadily increasing age of existing housing stock, with much now needing urgent replacement.