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Modular housing manufacturing concepts
Modular housing is not especially new and is a fixed feature of many northern hemisphere countries. Cold weather and the associated problem of limited site construction time, are often the drivers of uptake of modularised housing – hence necessitating off-site construction. Productivity is also a driver of this form of construction as evidenced in the Japanese market where some manufacturers produce in excess of 50,000 dwellings per year in various forms. Such housing has yet to significantly penetrate the Australian market.
Controlled production offsite provides for higher quality tolerances, greater use of automation, stock control, reduced waste, better control over worker safety during production, higher productivity, very fast onsite time and potential for improved customer satisfaction.
Needs large a large marketplace to facilitate economies of scale. Other issues include:
- logistical transportation issues including traffic and large haulage road regulation.
- The cost of similar buildings can vary dramatically if the transport is over a long distance.
- The factory setup requires large capital outlay and therefore only leaving room for a limited number of suppliers in the market.
- Only a limited geographical region can be serviced.
Structurecraft are a contractor specialising in the engineering, design detailing, supply and fabrication of complex, large and challenging timber structures. Though there is nothing especially groundbreaking about the panelized systems that they use, they occupy a worthwhile link in the supply chain that largely does not currently exist...