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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
Arecent HIA report Housing to 2020 estimated that Australia could have a housing shortfall of more than 450,000 dwellings by 2020. In addition, Treasury projects Australia's population will reach 36 million by 2050 adding further to the shortage. Combined with the pressures already placed on the Australian environment from recent floods, droughts, cyclones and bushfires, and many are looking at alternatives to traditionally built homes. Prefabricated houses may offer a quick and cheaper solution. Prefabs are usually built at an offsite factory, and then delivered to site where they are assembled. They generally include all fittings, floors and other essentials of a house such as plumbing. Prefabricated houses offer a number of advantages over standard houses: the time spent building them, their cost, and the impact they have on the environment. It is generally quicker and cheaper to manufacture a building offsite, where there are no delays due to bad weather for example, while it often only takes a day to assemble a prefab on site. Factory-built modules can be made to correct size with little waste in materials while maintaining a consistent and high level of quality. They are designed to be flexible enough that they can be added to when a buyer can afford it or wants to change the layout. Prefabs are also suitable for regional areas where there is a shortage of skilled construction workers. Fewer people are required to assemble the modules and more semi-skilled workers can be used, while the prefabs can be built in a wider variety of locations than a conventional house. Their lightweight nature allows them to be built on sites that are steep, remote or otherwise difficult to access. If the right materials are used in their production, prefabs cause little disruption to the environment. They are usually manufactured using lightweight construction materials -- steel, composite concrete or timber fabulous pretty story > Amanda Williamson Australia is facing a growing population, looming housing shortage, and increasing environmental concerns. Could prefabricated houses be the answer? 68 greensmart 2010 prefabhomes Photo courtesy modscape