Many partners and innovations, one process and purpose

We open-source our tools with other governments, NGO’s, non-profits, and housing organizations.

Our current and prospective Housing Innovation Toolkit [HIT] tools fall into one of the following categories:

  • Technology (software, hardware)

  • Design Processes

  • Materials

To partner with New Story, all R&D projects, pilots, and prototypes must fall into one of the above categories while also reducing costs, increasing speed, or improving the quality of the home building process.

Creating, proving, and sharing breakthroughs—
with your help.

We scale R&D proof of concept solutions that are ready to be implemented in real world contexts.

We adapt these technologies for real people in their local, cultural contexts by creating strong collaborations between our R&D partners and our local partners. We think about how to position these breakthroughs for scale from the start, and involve our R+D partners in every step of the process. Find out where you could be involved below.

In every R+D project, we focus on 3 things:

In every R+D project, we focus on 3 things:

FAQ

What are the different R&D project phases?

Ideation

  1. Partner vetting
  2. Proof of concept in lab environment
  3. RFP/LOI completed
  4. Agreement signed with New Story

As an example, our 3D printing project ideation lasted about eight months and included the following tasks:

  1. Ideation and partner vetting with ICON
  2. Proof of concept and design with Chicon House in Austin, Texas

 

Project Planning

  1. Determination of project scope
  2. Cost analysis completed
  3. Project plan created for sourcing, timelines and execution path
  4. Location selection
  5. Technology development for optimization for on-ground/requisites
  6. Design process conducted with LPD for community feedback

As an example, our 3D printing project planning lasted about six months and included the following tasks:

  1. Project scope determined with all stakeholders including ICON, Echale, local and state governments
  2. Country, community, and land vetted and selected
  3. Machine engineering, development, and testing completed in Austin
  4. LPD workshop completed with community
  5. Home and community design process completed with LPD feedback incorporated
  6. Trial run of machinery with updates completed in Austin
  7. Land and site prepared

 

Proof of Concept

  1. Site preparation
  2. Necessary equipment and materials sourced and brought to site
  3. Testing on the ground
  4. POC completed and tested for resilience

As an example, our 3D printing project proof of concept lasted about five months and included the following tasks:

  1. Machine and supplies delivered to site
  2. Construction site prepared with necessary equipment and materials
  3. Machine and material prepared and tested on site
  4. Foundation constructed by Echale
  5. First two homes printed by ICON
  6. Finish out of roof, doors, windows, and finishings completed by Echale

 

Project Trial

  1. Optimization of systems and processes from proof of concept
  2. Cost analysis evaluated based on actual cost for proof of concept

As an example, our 3D printing project phase 3 lasted about three months and included the following tasks:

  1. Learnings from systems and processes developed in proof of concept synthesized and iterated on for project trial execution
  2. Foundations for Block 1 completed by Echale
  3. Block 1 of homes printed by ICON
  4. Finish out roof, doors, windows, and finishings completed by Echale

 

Full Project Execution

  1. Optimization of systems and processes from proof of concept & trial execution executed for full project execution
  2. Impact analysis completed
  3. Post-mortem completed with all stakeholders to determine project viability for scale

As an example, our 3D printing full project execution lasted about six months and included the following tasks:

  1. Optimizations developed in Phase 2 and 3 synthesized and iterated on for most efficient project execution
  2. Foundations to be completed by Echale
  3. Homes to be printed by ICON
  4. Finish out of roof, doors, windows, and finishings completed by Echale
  5. Impact data to be collected
  6. Post-mortem with all stakeholders to discuss learnings and viability for scaling tech

 

Scale Technology

  1. Learnings and Data synthesized from full project execution in order to assess the best move forward plan with best applicable cases.
What happens after I apply?

Here is the general process after submission of your application:

  1. A 30-minute phone call with Head of R&D to talk through your initial submission and Q&A.
  2. An R&D Pilot Request for Proposal (RFP) Submission.
  3. A 30-minute video-call with Head of R&D and co-founder/COO to pitch your research topic, scope, deliverables, timeline, legal requirements from your organizations, and funding requests if any.
  4. Submission of any required legal documents from your organization (NDA, contract, etc.) and signature of New Story’s Letter of Intent (LOI) or contract.
  5. Begin research pilot!

Interested in partnering
with us?

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