Prefab homes possible fix for housing shortages

Prefab homes possible fix for housing shortages

flickr photo courtesy of Method Green Prefab Homes

The solution to New Zealand’s housing shortage may be found in prefabrication.

Fast construction times, modern design and the incorporation of energy efficient features are making such structures a more desirable option for those who prefer a new home sooner than later.

Only 5 to 10 percent of new homes in New Zealand currently are prefabs that can be constructed in whole or in sections off-site, reports Stuff.

Housing experts in the country say prefabrication homes, designed these days for livability and longevity, could provide a better quality product because manufacturing is carried out indoors in controlled conditions. Modern insulation and other energy efficient techniques can be applied to them.

With a greater variety of prefabricated products, the market could expand and eventually bring down home prices, the website said. New Zealand also could overcome its residential shortage by import houses from places like Europe where the industry is established and prefab use is as high as 80 percent in some locations. 

While the cost of building a prefab can be comparable to an on-site build, depending on specifications, savings typically are found in the form of labor costs. A standard three-bedroom house takes about six weeks to complete, compared to an on-site build might take many months.




Topics: Building Green, Cost of Ownership, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Sustainable Products

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