Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Future House

PostedFebruary 11, 2007

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Randy Atkins:  Architect Steve Kieran's Maryland house was fully designed on a computer.  Attachable parts built separately in a factory, complete with wires...

Stephen Kieran:  ...that have been developed to just be coupled in the field, don't even have to be done by an electrician.

Randy Atkins:  Kieran says the Lego-like technique causes less mess and waste while opening possibilities for engineering in special features like heated floors.  And if you want a new bathroom, you could...

Stephen Kieran:  Potentially unbolt and lift out the bathroom and plug a new one in that was made somewhere else.

Randy Atkins:  No months-long parade of workers and dust.  Sound good!  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.

Kieran hopes the technology will also eventually drive down home prices.  To find out more about this story, go to and click on "Innovative Engineering" under "Quick Links" at the very bottom of the page.