Louis Masonick, Week 13
Housing can be expensive, especially in the city. Housing can also take a long time to build depending on a variety of factors such as materials, size, and getting a building permit. Ways to lower costs can include more sustainable and cheap materials. Costs can be lowered by living in less dense areas where land is cheap. There are government programs that create affordable housing where normally it is expensive. Prefab Homes offer sustainable use of materials and a simple design to create something that is cheap and not such a strain on the environment.
For example, growing countries such as India and China are becoming highly urbanized and are in desperate need of new housing. “India needs 50 million homes by the year 2022 and there are more than 90 smart cities being planned”. Prefabricated homes and apartments lower construction cost and time drastically. Theses homes are made up of modular units constructed out of steel or wood panels that easily fit together. These panels are able to be high quality since they are made under controlled conditions time and time again. Additionally, the homes are more energy efficient and less water usage. “Offsite construction cuts project costs by up to 30% and delivery times by up to 50%, as compared to conventional construction techniques, while producing high-quality and custom-built buildings and facilities,” says Sachar a CEO of KEF Infra, a construction company in India.
Prefab homes are very important considering these factors. Time is of the essence in highly populated areas such as China and India. There is no time to create housing that won’t be durable or efficient. There’s barely anytime to create the housing in the first place. Prefab homes can also be use in the case of disasters. When thousands are replaced from their homes it is best to have housing that is quick and easy to build for refugees.
Source: Houses Made of Cardboard