1.   Introduction


The recognition of the fact that the established building methods result in great waste of resources, while they do not correspond to the existing production possibilities, worries increasingly more people all over the world. This fact is a sign of a more general model of economic growth which has the same features. This model has been questioned as non "sustainable". The pursuit of a sustainable model of building and using the built space is encountered in scientific research, business, as well as social action.

Aiming to contribute to the aforementioned pursuit, we focus our interest in methods both having general applicability and making possible to reduce time, cost, resources' consumption, as well as environmental consequences associated to both the production and the use of the built space. We are particularly interested in the concept "system", as this concept describes methods having some general field of application. Specifically our interest is focused on "integrated building systems", where the achievement of the desirable goals is attempted through the mutual completion of the partial processes of both the production and the use of the built space. This mutual completion resolves conflicts and incompatibilities which undermine the overall functionality of the built space.

We stress that a series of concepts related to the current scientific research on general system theory, such as "complexity", "network organization", "self-organization", "developmental process", "emergent property" etc can be also directly related to systems of building and using the built space. These concepts could support the idea of "integration". As the established organization of social production does not favor the development of integrated systems, the same concepts could be related to the spontaneous emergence of appropriate forms of producers' organization.

Willing to support the development of integrated building systems, we attempt to create and gradually enlarge a knowledge base about this subject, as well as to encourage relevant collaborations. The latter could be either research or business oriented, while they could be based on either volunteer contributions or entrepreunial activities. We start this effort by presenting in this website academic and research projects, systems either conceived in concept level or practically implemented, possibilities of industrial production which can be utilized in the development of integrated building systems, as well as references to bibliography and relevant websites. We also submit an open proposal concerning activities related to integrated building, while we describe the principles of the desired collaboration considering the international experience.

We devote our effort in memory of our friend, teacher and collaborator Dimitris Papanikolaou, pioneer researcher in the field of integrated building , while he bravely and unselfishly supported his novel ideas in times society was not yet ready to accept.



We invite people working on integrated building systems, in either academic, research or entrepreunial activities to send us relevant material from their work which they wish to present. The material—which should be consistent with the particular features of integrated building systems that specify our domain of interest—will be considered for publication in our website or, if it is already published in another website, a link could be made. We also invite producers (either individuals or companies) who work on either integrated building systems or products that could be used in such systems, to fill our questionnaire. This will make possible to us both to refer to producers who respond to our effort and to create contact between them.