Prefab Homes

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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: Can Prefab Construction Make Homes More Affordable?

Source: Houses Made of Cardboard

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One comment

  1. nathancruzrak

    The means for creating prefabricated housing have been around for quite sometime. The first experiments came about early in the 20th century, spear-headed by French modernist Jean Prouve. It eventually developed into a common practice found throughout the large scale construction sector. It wasn’t until very recently that prefabrication began to be implemented into smaller projects.

    It is this smaller scale modular construction, which has allowed to homeowners and individuals interested in research design, to bend and ply the concept of prefab to advance the not only their own virtuous goals , but the global goals of providing greener, cheaper, and sustainable housing to the masses.

    Another precedent I feel coincides with the rise of, and need for, prefabricated and modular housing is the uptick in millennials entering the housing market who are not looking for a permanent home. This has come from the rapidly changing landscape of our job market and the way jobs are structured.

    I believe the key to successfully infusing prefabricated homes into the fabric of our society is to allow one to tailor their own. Providing a solid and dynamic foundation would be important as well. The deep personalization of these buildings would be what, in my eyes, allows one to really sell the idea of prefab to all groups of people.
    With out the consideration of individual tastes, culture, and needs prefabricated and modular homes could easily come to be loathed by public.

    Nathan CruzRak – Journal 13

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