I thought about this post while at the construction site of a friend’s house. the build was going for 5 months now and I could see the agitation on his face, the house is a three-bedroom house with an open plan and a Garage this type and size of house normally takes about 4 to 6 weeks to complete.
That is 4 to 6 weeks if everything goes well, and things are delivered on time, any little delay on a construction site tends to delay many other things along the line, this was around the time the Chinese where building a hospital within 10 days, yes 10 days and here this guy is waiting for a 3 bedroom house for 5 months, got me thinking, why are we not building prefabricated modular residential buildings, honestly they seem to make more sense, apparently faster and does not waste any material,
What Is a Modular House
Ok before we go further into the modular house, lets first look at what a modular house is
modular houses, at least according to Wikipedia are “specialist dwelling types of prefabricated building, which are manufactured off-site in advance, usually in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled on-site“
most of the people I convey this idea to think’s it’s going to be a little old boring cube, what they seem to miss is that most of the companies that do prefabricated houses allow you to customize your house to your liking.
Commercial construction is already moving towards prefabricated modular buildings because of the time it takes to build and the overall cost of the project, a good example is the worlds tallest modular hotel by Marriott.
I keep on hearing that modular buildings are back because of the absence of skilled labor, which is a lie, who is building the prefabs in the first place, Santa’s little helpers?, no its because it’s cheaper and faster to build this way, plus the quality of prefabs are equal, if not better than a conventional build and this is because they are all built in a factory, assemble, tested, disassembled, fixed and then reassembled again, everything is done in a more streamlined manner and you even get to go to the factory to check up on progress, that is if you live anywhere close to it, the whole process it more controlled, failure is avoided before the building gets on site.
What are the advantages of prefabricated modular homes?
it’s fast(saves time)
the house is designed and build offsite at the same time the site is cleared and the foundation is poured, which means that the assembly starts as soon as site work is done.
You get a lot done with less time and a smaller workforce all of this equates to saving money for the contractor saving that trickle down to you the owner
Prefab homes are quality controlled because of the environment in which the manufactured
Construction waste is minimized considerably, up to 90 % on most sites
What does all this have to do with the Wuhan hospitals
Well I thought that maybe building a good efficient high-quality affordable house in 10 days should be the norm since it only took 10 days to build a large structure like the Wuhan hospital
I know that it was a massive undertaking and everyone was working simultaneously toward one goal, but imagine what a small crew can do with this technology.
We’re talking about hundreds of affordable houses in a short period of time.
I’m just saying, let’s stack more modules and create more affordable housing for everyone. (again My opinion)