27 Jul Exploring the Advantages of Prefabricated Buildings
Advantages of Prefabricated Buildings
Escalating costs and a huge carbon footprint mean conventional construction methods are unsustainable. Prefabricated buildings solve both problems and more. Despite the various advantages of concrete, such as its durability and the role of its thermal stability in ensuring energy-efficient structures, it has a significant downside. It is a vast source of greenhouse gases, beaten only by coal, oil, and gas.
Although there have been significant developments in the effort to develop a more eco-friendly version of this ancient building material, a better solution might be to avoid its use as far as possible. One option that has already proved itself is repurposing new or used shipping containers as the building blocks to create modular structures.
Prefabricated buildings are not new, but earlier implementations required manufacturing walls, rooves, and other components off-site before assembling them on-site. A shipping container is essentially an empty room which only needs the addition of a door and windows to make it habitable. All other furnishings can be completed off-site before delivery and final installation. Importantly, it is a more sustainable option because the only concrete required will be for the foundations. Let’s examine some of the other advantages.
Prefabricated Buildings are More Affordable
Despite a recent decline, domestic and commercial property prices remain high, and the banks demand substantial deposits from lenders. Purchasing a building created from shipping containers can offer the buyer significant cost-savings. However, the savings need not be limited to the purchase price. Some of the cash saved could be used to invest in solar panels to cut energy bills while also supporting global efforts to ensure a more sustainable future.
Modular Buildings are a More Versatile Option
In addition to converting shipping containers to construct prefabricated homes, they can be used somewhat like Lego blocks to create many different structures, all of which have the potential to contribute to a more sustainable construction industry. Here are just three possible applications for this new building paradigm:
- Temporary or Mobile Clinics: Shipping container buildings can be equipped as vaccination centres, diabetic screening centres, or even operating theatres for use by remote rural communities or to provide overflow facilities in urban areas.
- Classrooms: Shipping container buildings can house pupils when other facilities are overcrowded. They can be equipped as labs or workshops, or be used to provide additional seating.
- Offices and Storage: Converted containers make ideal site offices and can provide secure storage for vehicles and equipment.
Purchasing Prefabricated Buildings
We at Absolute Containers specialise in designing, manufacturing, and supplying modular buildings for domestic and commercial purposes. Why not take the time to view some of our fantastic past projects and then contact us to arrange yours?