Prebuilt
16–07–2019

Prefabricated Homes – Sustainable in Process and Construction

In a world that is in dire need of innovation in construction and manufacturing processes – Prebuilt is at the forefront of sustainable building.

A company core value – sustainability is embedded in the building process – from initial concept stage to final installation.

 

Design

Concept design begins with a site visit from Pleysier Perkins (Prebuilt’s Partner Architects) to assess the site with the aim to design a build that is locally appropriate.

Design considerations include solar passive orientation, natural ventilation and external shading.  Pleysier Perkins and Prebuilt’s common sustainable design ethos sees the design come to life using building materials which consider not only sustainable manufacturing but most importantly product origin – complementing a locally appropriate design.  Designs can be master planned with off-grid capability to include water tanks, solar energy, and battery storage.

Process

Delving deeper into the Prebuilt prefabricated process there are a myriad of identifiable sustainable advantages.   A proactive team of specialists working simultaneously on one project reduce chances of error.  After initial concept design, every build is meticulously drawn & specified eliminating decisions made on site and therefore enabling a streamlined process and quality of outcome for each client.



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Manufacture

When we consider the resources that go into producing masonry, (including raw materials such as the depleting worldwide sand supplies for concrete production) and compare this to the use of lightweight products for construction, such as reconstituted/recycled timber sourced from plantation forests,  Colorbond  and a steel pile foundation system, the sustainable benefits and minimal impact on land are obvious.

A streamlined, uniform manufacturing process continues during the 3 month construction phase in a quality controlled factory environment unimpeded by the elements.  Efficiencies are gained in a steady trade workforce working on multiple projects.

Savings in energy and resources are offered through a factory powered by a 97 kw solar panel system with over 35% of power generated feeding back into the grid.  Ordering materials in bulk and recycling / re-using materials offer sustainable benefits by reducing waste to landfill & reducing  transport.

The prefab model allows for the benefits of economies of scale within manufacturing (as output increase costs decrease).  It opens opportunities which allow for re-investing into continued innovation towards systems, processes, technology and materials.  Time allocation towards these areas rather than on-site project management enable the achievement of a high end quality product to be enjoyed by all of our clients.

 

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