WHEN IT COMES TO BUILDING HOMES, MANY COMPANIES WORK OF THE PHILOSOPHY THAT ‘THERE AIN’T NO SCHOOL LIKE THE OLD SCHOOL’. MOST HOMES ARE BUILT USING TRADITIONAL MASONRY CONSTRUCTION, AND WHILE IT DEFINITELY DOES HAVE ITS STRENGTHS, THERE’S ALSO A LOT OF HISTORICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ATTACHMENT TO THESE OLDER BUILDING METHODS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR POPULARITY.
Whether it makes that much sense or not, people just feel like seeing bricklayers and carpenters hard at work is the way that things are supposed to be done. But did you know that there are lots of other options out there that might be a better, more cost-effective fit for you?
At Schlager homes, we employ some of the latest building techniques to deliver beautiful, contemporary homes at a competitive price.
Much like any other modern industry, as technology, manufacturing processes and construction knowledge have increased so have the number of housing construction methods available. The term ‘Modern Methods of Construction’ refers to a collection of relatively new construction techniques that aim to offer advantages over traditional methods.
Brought about by an increase in housing demand, a skills shortage and demands for increased sustainability, innovative companies all over the world have been developing new methods of building houses to meet these challenges. The great benefit of this is that if you’re savvy enough and are willing to invest the time and energy to research and employ them, you can end up with a higher quality, more reliably and sustainably built home for less money.
A common denominator of lots of MMC is a reduction in construction time on site and an increase in the amount of manufacture that takes place in a controlled factory environment.
Doing so might not be as satisfying for some as watching a small army of labourers sweat it out on their construction site, but it has the following advantages:
- Reducing the effect that weather has on production.
- Reduced impact on residents.
- Fewer materials deliveries and so reduced disruption and fuel consumption.
- Controlled manufacture.
- Reduced construction times.
- Fewer defects.
- Higher quality.
- Reduced energy use.
- Reduced wastage.
- Meeting demand during skills shortages.
- Reduced labour requirements.
- Improved safety.
- More accurate cost forecasts.
- Use of better materials.
- Improved manufacture times.
Each construction method has its own pros and cons when compare to traditional building techniques. Due to the complex nature of the many processes involved and the unique requirements of different building projects, it can be difficult to directly compare them in terms of cost, time and sustainability.
To assess the environmental impact of a system, the whole lifecycle of the products involved needs to be considered. This includes the acquisition of raw materials, transportation, processing, manufacture, waste generation, operating efficiency, specification, lifespan and recyclability at the end of its life.
Time comparisons to older building methods also require further investigation. Although site times may be reduced by offsite prefabrication, lead and manufacture times must also be considered to give accurate schedule predictions.
Comparing costs can also be a complex process as you first need to build up a complete set of costs for each individual method and compare them directly for your specific building quote.
As a leading modern home builder, we can make this whole process easy for you. We have the expertise and experience necessary to compare a range of MMC and help you choose the ones that are going to deliver you the modern home that you’re looking for at the best price and in the least possible time. Get in touch with us today to find out more!