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Prefabricated buildings and the developing world

In developing countries the demand for low cost, yet sustainable living is unsurprisingly a huge priority - and even more so due to the extent and frequency of catastrophic events putting pressure on housing requirements.

In developing countries the demand for low cost, yet sustainable living is unsurprisingly a huge priority – and even more so due to the extent and frequency of catastrophic events putting pressure on housing requirements.

With the advances of technology in construction methods today, there must surely be a speedy and simple response, right?

The short of it is that an innovative solution is needed to recover, prevent and protect in these disastrous situations. It turns out that prefabricated buildings could do just that and not solely for housing, but also setting up institutions such as local schools as well!

Modular buildings are not only considered as an inexpensive resolution, but they are also simple to set up; once made they just need to be assembled on-site in order to complete the unit. This means these builds are a rapid solution and in the event of reacting to emergencies could be the perfect answer to housing those who have sadly lost their homes in a disaster.

Back in the UK, modular buildings have proven an effective form of creating accommodation for the homeless into a relatively confined space. Other benefits include the fast set-up of the blocks and their cost effectiveness. Reds10 created 36 studio flats in 14 weeks providing accommodation for the homeless – with results like that it is understandable why prefabricated buildings could be a more than valid way of solving a variety of construction problems that are faced in the developing world on a daily basis.

In West Africa affordable housing for the urban poor is virtually non-existent, meaning there’s a high demand for living solutions that are more accessible.

One of the great assets of this type of construction is that there would be little environmental burden, making it a sustainable resolution – they produce minimal waste, which is ideal.

If education institutions are built as a consequence of the proven efficient fabrication, an outcome could be that it also leads into helping to improve social integration.

It would seem that prefabricated buildings could be the future for meeting the needs of construction in the developing world, vastly changing the current standards of living.