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Building modules improve construction industry

When building stand-alone structures like homes to massive complexes spanning entire areas, extensive development and planning is required. At great economic cost, every phase must be carefully thought through, as alterations and amendments prove time consuming and expensive.
Building modules improve construction industry
A newly developed Module Building System (MBS) now offers innovative concept design and facilitates its rapid, flexible and cost effective construction. Based on standardised building blocks and available in three sizes; small, medium and large, the system includes all major installation features such as water, sewage, heating and electricity.

Various connection features are possible with the module, determined by the type of application and its size. For example, welding is used for earthquake risk areas but is also available in socket, mortar and spigot connection types to suit construction needs. When the module is fabricated from concrete, no further insulation material is required. Moreover, a simple application of paint is all that is necessary to provide waterproofing to outer surfaces.

The building module incorporated has a high degree of flexibility based on the same "design to manufacture" process involved in the automobile industry. This feature gives a creative capacity to the design, allowing for balconies, terraces, living and leisure areas to be designed and constructed for both open and closed features.

User benefits of this system include a reduction in building costs, construction time, purchasing costs and low energy requirements. Also because the individual elements are standardised, the finished product experiences overall a greater standard of quality. There is an improvement in methodology integration between the planning and construction stages. Finally, adaptability is also a large benefit, as one application can be adapted to suit an entirely different service. For example, an office complex can be easily adapted to serve as a home, or a school can be transformed into a hotel.

With building expenses as staggering as they are, this form of technology should encourage construction markets. The manufacturers are looking for marketing, manufacturing and license agreements with interested parties.

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Record Number: 80894 / Last updated on: 2005-09-18
Domain: Industrial Technologies