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How popular is manufactured housing?

Unlike in the world of human interactions, popularity equates with quality in the world of technology. The AEC industry is firmly supported by the technological advancements of our time, and manufactured homes are becoming increasingly popular. The emergence of prefab or modular construction in the housing industry is an affordable and reliable solution to the challenge of quality housing around the world. Manufactured homes, sometimes known as manufactured homes, manufactured homes, or modular homes, are manufactured off-site in sections, from just bathrooms to entire floors, that can be transported, placed, or assembled to form housing units. Manufactured homes can be separate single family dwelling units (houses) or individual units that have been stacked on top of each other to form multi-story dwellings or apartment blocks. How useful precast is in the housing sector, why it is so, and who can provide the key services for accurate precast design are some of the things we will explore.

So what are prefab buildings?

Prefab buildings can be constructed from components (such as panels), modules (in the case of whole modular homes, homes on wheels), or sections (parts of prefab homes) built off-site and transferred to the site when ready to be installed. . A team of expert technicians attaches the different services to the layout of the building. These can include two-story homes and custom homes. Modular or prefab homes can be created in sections and then transported to the site to be assembled as part of the construction process or installed. Entire rooms, such as bathroom cabins or kitchens, can be created in a factory setting as pre-fab units. Steel frames can be erected on site to ‘fit’ into the precast units or entire concrete foundations can be laid in the ground in preparation for the arrival of the new home. The financing, construction and appraisals of these homes are carried out in the same way as for regular homes. Prefab houses can also be assembled on production assembly lines, which are transferred in sections or complete floors to the site, where these complete home units are connected floor by floor and then also connected to the main water supply, the system of sewer and power lines from the location.

How are they built?

They are usually built in factories that are some distance from the actual home site, in fact they could be in a different country. These specially designed factories effectively consist of assembly line environments, where different elements and trades come together at different stages of the assembly line to add the various components to the building. Starting with floors, walls, and ceilings, the structure progresses to internal fixtures and MEP elements like pipes, plumbing, boilers, bathrooms, and complete kitchen fixtures, before moving to finishing areas like glazing, doors, electrical fixtures, and even bathrooms. tiling. Once the house is assembled, it goes through final quality control checks before being handed over to logistics teams for transport to its permanent site.

The plumbing and electrical lines are connected to the city’s electrical and water connections and the pre-fabricated sections are sealed. Manufactured homes can have multiple rooms and be of different designs. These houses can be established on a permanent basis, blending seamlessly with other regularly built houses. Home repairs are carried out by the real estate company involved in their sale.

During the settlement period, a prefab home is ‘installed’ at the location, after which some cracking could occur in the drywall. Improperly installed appliances can be repaired by changing the wiring or plumbing, and an assembly crew can properly install the ventilation, heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems.

One of the driving forces behind a successfully assembled and reliably functioning prefab home is the effectiveness of its design. Increasingly, architects, engineers, contractors, and commercial contractors use BIM (Building Information Modeling) construction drawings at some point as part of DfMA (Design for Fabrication and Assembly). DfMA is a design process that groups together the design for manufacturing, or the ease with which the parts of a product will be made, with the design for assembly, which refers to the ease with which the parts will be assembled. DfMA helps the design team reduce manufacturing and assembly costs by identifying, analyzing, and eliminating waste and inefficiency from a product’s design. DfMA modeling and drawing is fast becoming synonymous with precast design.

Construction drawings, or shop drawings, graphically illustrate the details, data, and specifications of a precast design, contain information about MEP (M&E) systems, and include details of precast components. BIM technology is part of the broader Virtual Design and Build (VDC) process that helps find solutions to challenges subcontractors and designers face before building prefabricated components in the factory.

Advances in technology have made it possible and indeed preferable to outsource the provision of BIM services such as modeling and drafting. Outsourcing companies specialize in delivering drawings and models quickly, using the latest software, such as Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Navisworks, and others, and employing well-qualified experts. The modular construction drawings provided by these CAD drawing companies are usually accurate and error-free.

Pre-fab construction has reportedly been used in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai and in the construction of the prestigious Sydney Opera House.

Advantages of prefabrication

  • Faster project completion, therefore reducing costs

  • Various Uses: It can be used to create skyscrapers, single-storey buildings, villas, townships, as well as to create ceiling slabs, terrace blocks, wall panels, columns, stairs, bathrooms, light fixtures, etc.

  • Customization – Unique property specifications can be easily tailored, reducing expenses.

  • Durability: Prefabrication in the structural aspect of the building reinforces the structural strength, which sometimes helps to withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters. Concrete panels are created with high-quality elements in a controlled factory environment and therefore last longer.

  • Very suitable for certain sectors that have repetitive design elements, such as student housing, educational institutions, health centers, prisons, police stations and housing for the elderly.

  • Improved and more efficient quality control in factory settings

  • Safer and less stressful work environment for workers in a factory than on site, especially in busy areas, as on-site hazards are eliminated for workers.

  • Less space required on site to assemble components that have already been assembled off-site

  • Less waste is generated during construction, as waste from precast components is disposed of at the factory and not transported to the site.

  • Competitive advantage: allows flexibility in design decisions up to the nth moment.

  • Saves space: the home can be built in tight spaces on tight schedules and takes up less space

Modular construction in the housing industry has expanded its reach for buyers and builders. Buyers have more options to choose from and builders have more building options for construction, changing the overall construction landscape. On projects, MEP contractors use an increasing number of modular building plans during collaboration. Pre-fab construction is more affordable and more environmentally friendly, as these buildings are better sealed against drafts and there are better quality control systems in the factories, leading to better insulation and better energy efficiency. Ultimately, this will benefit neighborhoods and residential and commercial projects.

The many benefits of using prefabricated housings can only be enjoyed when the DfMA modeling and drawings are flawless. As this requires a considerable amount of time and resources, an increasing number of Western companies are looking abroad for their precast design services.

Benefits of Outsourcing Precast Design Services

  • Cost reduction, as skilled labor and resource spending abroad are significantly less expensive.

  • Use of advanced tools and technologies, such as AutoCAD and Revit, by experienced and well-qualified human resources.

  • Standardization of drawings in all projects, to make MEP installations and other services easier

  • Axonometric 3D drawings of the entire construction project are generated, showing the methods and means by which individual subcontractor components or systems can be placed on the project.

  • Qualified draftsmen and other technical professionals work faster, maintain accuracy, provide complete audit trails with drawing references, approval records

  • Faster turnaround time as foreign companies employ dedicated and prepared teams of trained personnel capable of working to ever-changing specifications, helping to complete projects on time.

  • Greater flexibility, as outsourcing allows Western companies to pick and choose services according to their needs. The flexibility thus generated helps to expand the business.

Outsourcing precast design services is therefore an increasingly popular option, and this approach will save time, increase productivity, ensure higher levels of safety, and increase profits. Using Revit, AutoCAD, and other software to create modular building drawings and models helps provide high-quality precast design support for Western companies in the industry.

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