Sustainable Eco-Housing with Precast

Now more than ever, the global need for sustainable eco-housing is at an all time high, particularly due to population growth and the increasing cases of damage to homes from extreme weather from extreme weather and seismic events recently seen in the Coastal regions of the US, Mexico and Caribbean.

What Is Sustainable Eco-Housing, and how can it help?
Sustainable Eco-Housing is construction of residential buildings for longevity and low cost of ownership. The traditional residential construction method, especially when it comes to affordable housing tends to focus on initial cost, at the expense of material choices for sustainability. The result is shorter life-cycles for housing, higher cost of ownership, and more recently, an increasing amount of insurance claims due to changing weather patterns.

Sustainable Eco-Housing with Precast

Innovative precast housing solutions are readily available to provide a remedy to this issue, as it provides safe, affordable, rapid construction methods with long-life cycles at a competitive cost. Modular systems produced remotely and shipped direct to site are a convenient solution when supplying to remote areas with limited skilled labor, as well as for disaster relief.

Precast works well for both high density and low density Eco-housing (high-rise vs. low-rise), and provides excellent protection from fire, rot and termites, some of the main causes of major and minor damage in traditional homes. Precast also provides excellent thermal dampening and acoustic properties, which are important factors to homeowners.

How can Precasters invest in modular housing?
Many modern precast plants are designed for scalability to meet the needs of the growing precast industry. Precasters can invest in a single plant that gives them the opportunity to manufacture for eco housing, but also for other types of construction as well. The key is to invest for high-asset utilization, considering the components of the structures as common commodities.

For example, production lines for flooring can also be used for walls (hollowcore, half-slab, or solid walls/slabs). Universal beam/column lines can be also an integral part of constructing the substructure.

For rapid manufacturing, crucial points of investment in the right type of shuttering system and image projection/plotting make a huge difference in production speeds, scalability of the production system as well as the quality and accuracy of the final product.