By opting for a pre-fabricated building one can save about 60 per cent construction time and 30 per cent of costs.
Do you want to construct an industrial godown or shopping mall in less time and lower cost? Here is something that you need to look at. The trend of pre-fabricated buildings for large constructions is catching up in the City.
Pre-fabricated buildings are movable buildings where the complete design is made and construction material is fabricated accordingly at a plant and delivered to the site. Only fixation and erection happens at the site.
Conventionally, customers and engineers direct welders to fabricate the material in the site according to the needs. The chance of human error and consumption of labour time is more in that case. However, with the new pre-fabricated buildings, consultants go to the customer and give fabricated drawings and finalise the design in two or three phases.
There are lot of benefits for industrial customers opting for pre-fabricated buildings. For instance, if a conventional concrete building takes a year, the pre-fabricated building can be completed in three-four months. This means that there is a saving of 60 per cent construction time. It is also cost effective and the building can be constructed at 30 per cent lesser price.
Even after 10 years, these buildings are movable to another place while using 80 per cent of the same material, said Chiranjeevi Guntapalli, executive director, Nirmaan Engineering Structures.
This trend started in Europe and USA around 25 years ago. Most of the new buildings for various purposes like hospitals, cinema halls and supermarkets are constructed using this technology.
The trend is picking up in the City for large buildings like godowns and cinema halls. These technologies can be used for smaller buildings too, which is yet to catch up in the City.
For instance, a small pre-fabricated building like a pizza shop an be erected in three-four days in developed countries and the technologies will be soon coming to India, he said.
Relocating and moving this building is simple and takes around 15 per cent charges of the project costs. It is also very useful to construct these buildings at leased sites. Wherein the owner of the building will not lose the building if he has to leave the property.
Buildings of up to six floors with mezzanine floors can be erected with this technologies, said Chiranjeevi.
The pre-fabricated buildings are even used for residential purpose in developed countries. Wood and steel are used in the construction which not only saves the construction time but also gives aesthetic appeal. Raising costs of cement and scarcity of sand may push the customers for such buildings in future, he added.