Frequently Asked Questions
What is "advanced building construction (ABC)"?
Advanced building construction, or ABC, refers to technologies, construction techniques, and new business models that can deliver affordable, desirable, and cost-effective new and retrofitted buildings with reduced construction delivery times, superior energy and carbon performance, as well as various economic, health, and safety co-benefits. For energy performance, the Collaborative is specifically targeting a 75% reduction in baseline thermal loads for retrofits and a 50% reduction compared to code for new construction.
Who is behind the ABC Collaborative?
The ABC Collaborative is administered by Rocky Mountain Institute, ADL Ventures, Passive House Institute US, Association for Energy Affordability and VEIC with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Can my organization become a member?
A Collaborative team member can answer your questions about membership. Please use the Contact Us form to reach out, and a specialist will be in touch.
Does the Collaborative extend beyond the U.S.?
At this time, the Collaborative is focusing on the U.S market.
Does the Collaborative offer training?
The Collaborative team is currently assessing the need for professional and technical training and anticipates making educational materials, tools, and/or programs available that will help increase the industry's ABC capabilities.
What is industrialized construction?
Industrialized construction refers to the practice of constructing all or part of a building at a site other than the building’s ultimate, permanent location. The initial (off-site) work location can provide a controlled environment.
Prefab (i.e., prefabrication or prefabricated) refers to the practice of fabricating an assembly of parts and materials that will be installed as a package in the final building or at the final site. Modular construction refers to the practice of constructing standardized units in a manufacturing-environment (often full or partial volumes) that fit together to form the bulk of a building.
All of these fit into the broader category of “industrialized construction,” which uses modern manufacturing techniques, controlled environments, and digital tools to increase labor productivity, quality, and consistency and reduce risk in construction. The Collaborative considers industrialized construction to be a key strategy in driving ABC.
I’m not a construction company, can I still join the Collaborative?
All members of the building construction industry are welcome to participate in the Collaborative. We need the voices of builders, suppliers, trades, financiers, and insurers to achieve the goal.
What parts of the building sector does the Collaborative cover?
The Collaborative covers both new construction and retrofits of existing buildings in the commercial, residential, governmental, and institutional segments.