The concept, used extensively in America, Europe, Australia, Japan and New Zealand brings factory constructed steel framed units, constructed on an assembly line under a controlled environment together to form the finished unit that is then transported to its destination.
Steel frame Construction under the auspices of the South African Steel Frame Association (SASFA) is recognized as an accredited building method by all the Large banks, National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) and local building authorities.
Applications for Modular Construction are limitless and include triple, double and single storey dwellings, granny flats, student accommodation, crèches, holiday homes, offices, schools, police stations, clinics, mortuaries, factories ablution facilities, postal services units, bathroom pods, kitchen pods, etc.
One of the major plus points of being modular and re-locatable is that it can prevent over capitalization of existing dwellings. If you consider second dwellings on the same erf therefore allowing units to be resold to recoup initial investments or relocated as a primary dwelling.
When looking at the overall picture and considering that the construction period is considerably shorter than conventional construction methods, the price depending on size can be up to 20% less i.e. a dwelling that cost R1 million constructed of brick and mortar could be built for R800,000.00. Thus being a big saving when considering bond repayments and interim interest.
Thermal properties and insulation have been found to be superior to those measured when using bricks and mortar and these units are 100% recyclable. They can be constructed as "green buildings" and can be 100% self sustainable when considering energy consumption. SABS approved products are used during construction and South African National Standards (SANS) 517 are followed.
During construction 95% is done in a factory environment and 5% on site. This means no unsightly materials and waste lying on site during construction, no blown sand and cement, very little environmental damage to the owners erf or cultivated garden during the limited time spent on site. There are no security worries for the client during build time.
The weather and adverse weather related conditions no longer effect construction time and units can be delivered on time within the agreed budget.Back to top