MODULAR BUILDINGS in Nepal
Modular buildings are sectional prefabricated buildings that are manufactured in a plant, and delivered to the customer in one or more complete modular sections. Modular buildings are considerably different from mobile homes.
Modular buildings have a wide variety of uses. They will either be used for long-term temporary or permanent facilities. Such uses include construction camps, schools and classrooms, civilian and military housing needs, and industrial facilities. Modular buildings are a perfect solution in remote and rural areas where conventional construction may not be reasonable or even possible.
Modular homes are houses that are divided into multiple modules or sections which are manufactured in a remote facility and then delivered to their intended site of use. The modules are assembled into a single residential building using either a crane or trucks.
Steel or wood framing are common options for building a modular ho Such dwellings are often priced lower than their site-built counterparts and are typically more cost-effective to builders and consumers. These new homes can be constructed in less time than it takes to build a home “on-site”. Manufacturers cite the following reasons for the typically lower cost/price of these dwellings:
- Indoor construction. Assembly is independent of weather which increases work efficiency and avoids damaged building material.
- Favorable pricing from suppliers. Large-scale manufacturers can effectively bargain with suppliers for discounts on materials.
- Ability to service remote locations. Particularly in countries such as Australia there can be much higher costs to build a site-built house in a remote area or an area experiencing a construction boom such as mining towns. Modular homes can be built in major towns and sold to regional areas.
- Low waste. With the same plans being constantly built, the manufacturer has records of exactly what quantities of materials are needed for a given job. While waste from a site-built dwelling may typically fill several large dumpsters, waste from a modular dwelling generates much less waste.
Modular Homes vs. Mobile Homes
Differences include the building codes that govern the construction, types of material used and how they are appraised by banks for lending purposes. Mobile home (manufactured homes) is generally considered lesser quality. The materials are the same as site constructed homes. Wood frame floors, walls and roof are the most typical. Some modular even included brick or stone exteriors, granite counters and steeply pitched roofs. All modular are designed to sit on a perimeter foundation or basement. Mobile homes are constructed with a steel chassis that is integral to the integrity of the floor system. Lending institutions and appraisers consider a modular home the same as they consider a site built home, with the same life expectancy and value. Mobile homes often require special lenders. Most companies have standard plans. However, all modular buildings can be custom built to a client’s specification. Today’s designs include multi-story units, multi-family units and entire apartment complexes. The negative stereotype commonly associated with mobile homes and has prompted some manufacturers to start using the term Off-Site Construction.
A portable building, or demountable building, is a building designed and built to be movable rather than permanently located. A common modern design is sometimes called a modular building, but portable buildings can be different in that they are more often used temporarily and taken away later. Portable buildings (e.g. yurts) have been used since prehistoric times. The most familiar modern type of portable buildings are designed so that one can be carried to or from site on a large lorry and slung on and off by a crane.
The first known portable building or “knock-down” building was developed by US firm Porta-Kamp in 1955, The first portable building under the trade name Portakabin was built in 1961 in England.
Sometimes referred to as a prefab home. Panelized construction involves the building of individual walls, or wall sections in a factory. Panelized home producers are the biggest and most diverse segment of the factory-built housing industry. Panelized homes are different compared to modular homes and manufactured homes. There are some similarities, but panelized homes utilize “Components” or “wall units” that are pre-built in a controlled environment, (factory). The main advantage of panelized homes over stick-built homes is – shorter build time with lower labor costs
Panelized Kit Homes are an open panel system where wall panels are assembled in a factory environment, using state of the art equipment. Essentially what is included in our kit homes is the “shell” of the house. The window and door openings are pre-framed, and the exterior sheathing is already applied.
For complete details and materials specifications of our kit homes , visit our What’s Included page. There are many benefits of our panelized kit homes vs. conventional construction:
- Cost Savings on Materials & Labor
- High Quality Materials
- Simplified Building Process
- 100% financing
- True owner builder program
- Less waste and a cleaner job site
When you are comparing various alternative construction methods, there’s one important thing to keep in mind:
Panelized Kit Homes are viewed as stick built homes by building inspectors, appraisers, and lenders. Once your home is complete, no one will ever be able to tell that it was a kit house!
PREFABRICATED BUILDING MANUFACTURERS
Hindustan Prefab Limited (A Government of India Enterprise) an ISO 9001: 2000 certified a company was incorporated in 1953. In the 50 years of its existence, HPL has built a wide spectrum of civil engineering structures using both conventional in-situ as well as prefab techniques and has also supplied components for the building industry & the national railways. It pioneered the production of pre-stressed concrete railway sleepers, which replaced wooden sleepers in Indian Railways. Hindustan Prefab Limited is functioning under Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.
As a construction company, HPL propagates the use of various techniques in housing as mentioned below.
1) Large panel fully prefab system.
2) Composite roofing system using precast beams and other eliments.
3) Partial prefab system using cast-in-site walls and precast roofs.
4) Totally cast-in-situ system using small precast elements.
Prefabricated Building Manufacturers make and supply modular structures. Lots of them have manufacturing facilities at one or more locations and supply their products worldwide, while some cater only to their local area. Prefabricated Building Manufacturers can specialize in the type of buildings they make. For instance, they might be providing their buildings only for residential use, or industrial purposes. Some manufacturers fabricate just steel buildings, while other might supply wood and fiberglass also. On the other hand, some of them would be experts in solar geothermal homes or floor-to-ceiling glass buildings.
By and large, all Prefabricated Building Manufacturers would require your specifications before giving a quote. Some might offer ready-made, predesigned buildings also, if they are close to your requirements. Mostly they undertake shipping and installation of the Prefabricated Buildings. If some assistance in design is required, they might charge separately for it. Or you might get in touch with Prefabricated Building consultants for a professional opinion.
In this era of high competition, it is essential to get hold of the right manufacturer who would give quality materials and good service at a reasonable cost. Check out the warranty details and installation support that they are committing. Even the building material specifications should meet the local area’s building code. Do refer to their existing customers to find out the level of satisfaction. A reputable name might be a little costlier but should prove to be more reliable. On the other hand, if you need the Prefabricated Building only for some short and temporary purpose, you can go in for a local supplier as well.