Urban Sprawl an evergrowing problem in the 21st century

THE PROBLEM:

With the worlds population reaching over 7.4 billion people in 2016, it's no wonder the issue of urban sprawl has risen. There is a shortage of affordable homes for the working class. The current models for housing are expensive, cause an alarming rate of environmental damage, and are not constructed in designs that fit the wants of buyers.

THE SOLUTION?

Recently, the use of prefabricated architecture in housing development has been discovered. Instead of just a standard manufactured home, the industry now offers modular, prefab, precut, and panelized housing.

What is prefab architecture?

When you google the standard definition, you get an answer similar to this: "a building that is manufactured and constructed using prefabrication. It consists of factory-made components or units that are transported and assembled on-site to form the complete building."

What are the benefits of prefab vs standard housing models?

Since prefabricated homes are CUSTOM built in a factory, the time of construction is only a few days compared to weeks or months of standard outdoor labor. Outdoor traditional time can also be lengthened if weather conditions call for. Factory assembly allows costs to be significantly less. Along with the fact that the materials used can be recycled, they are all very much eco-friendly. This is something that traditional housing doesn't offer. Solar power and advanced products such as CAD are being used to heat and provide electricity to the household.. which saves money.

"There are many advantages to implementing a modular system. The cost can be deferred over a long period of time by building one module set at a time. It can easily be pre-manufactured and transported. Lastly a modular system has a quality that other floating architecture does not possess, adaptability." -THINK creating intelligent places

How does this help solve urban sprawl?

It is becoming clearer that urban sprawl is something that cannot be completely stopped. We can only attempt to slow it down. Prefab architectural housing development attributes to this by saving space. One of the benefits of the design is the ability to place components on top of one another vertically like legos. This can potentially save horizontal space. Another helpful element is the minimal environmental impact. Traditional housing models emit many harmful pollutants into the air, as well as use up valuable energy for unnecessary reasons. Prefabricated homes include mechanical ventilation that allows for exceptional air quality. Higher levels of insulation and lower levels of infiltration make for the home to attain more heat in a sustainable manner. This "decreases unwanted moisture in the house, and blocks bugs and rodents from gaining entry" - (Homestore.com)

Is it really worth it?

There is a booming market for prefab design. It is said that demand is forecasted to increase 17% through 2016. This industry is continuously growing and improving and serves as a promising investment due to the fact that most energy saving products pay for themselves.

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