The Prefabricated Home doesn’t provide any answers, but it certainly asks the right questions, and they don’t just relate to prefabrication and housing, they concern the profession as a whole.
Modular steel construction means you can build upwards on an existing building while minimising disruption
Rammed earth modular housing with photovoltaic windows and roof garden
Modular homes sometimes referred to as “factory built construction”, encompass a category of housing built in sections typically at a factory location. These houses must conform to local and regional building codes for the country the buyer plans to situate the dwelling.
Is building smaller homes the key to housing London’s first-time buyers – or a matter of concern? Sold at about 20 per cent below local market rate and backed by the Mayor, micro-flats could be the answer for London’s would-be home owners.
Off-site manufacture of housing is not without its opponents, particularly in the traditional masonry sector who lobby hard for a site based approach which is low in capitalisation and highly responsive to the changes in economic circumstances.
Meanwhile, the pre-cast concrete MoVoCoSy project from Arup and promised to tackle another prefab preconception.
Zero defects is the primary battle ground between traditional and modern construction methods. A relative concept, zero defects is however a target that the construction industry has set for itself. Primary considerations are structural stability and keeping the water out. Proper functioning of services, components, fixtures and fittings are essential.