According to The Australian Financial Review, Australians aren't just embracing modular housing to save time and money when building their dream home, they're also taking advantage of smart building materials to create high-tech, eco-friendly dwellings.
While traditional housing construction starts with a frame, modular construction involves building completed sections of a house in a factory – such as the roof and wall panels – and then delivering them to the block to be assembled onsite.
Modular housing can slash months off construction times, partly because builders aren't hampered by bad weather. And still allows flexibility when it comes to size and design, unlike completely prefabricated homes which are limited to what can fit on the back of a truck.
There is plenty of room for growth in Australia, where modular and prefab only account for three percent of the construction market. In Sweden, around 80 percent of detached houses use prefabricated timber elements. Meanwhile in Japan, more than 15 per cent of new homes and apartments are made inside factories.
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