Modular wall systems such as Haworth's LifeSPACE offer environmentally intelligent alternatives to the traditional stud wall.
A wall built with 2x4 or 2x6 lumber will cost and weigh more than a wall that uses Dorsy's plywood system. Dimensioned Lumber Using 16''o.c. 2x4 = $55.89 (245 lbs.) Using 16''o.c. 2x6 = $94.07 (368 lbs.)
plywood is rotary sawn, it wastes less wood than dimensioned lumber. Plywood Prototype Using 4'x 8'1/2'' ply = $51.89 (138 lbs.*) Using 4'x 8'3/4'' ply = $65.64 (207 lbs.*) *Weight of three uncut sheets of plywood.
Using a CAD/CAM process with a CNC router, Dorsy saves every inch of standard 4x8 plywood sheets, leaving nothing behind but sawdust on the shop floor.
The prototype strategically unfolds to create a durable, origami-like frame that can be used as the innards of a partition or as an open room divider.