Tuesday, July 12, 2011

MODULAR HOUSING IN PAKISTAN

Even in places where you wouldn't think of modular housing, it is becoming the best way to build homes.  Here is an article from the Pakistan Observer, a daily e-newspaper in Islamabad.

Housing sector

Sultan Shabbir Hayat
The costs of construction material has gone up mainly due to rise in coal, steel, cement, labor wages and diesel prices. In the recent budget government has imposed 17% sales tax on bricks which also increase the prices. It is very difficult for middle class family to build home because prices are increasing day by day. Entrepreneur is finding ways to reduce the prices and increase the efficiency by developing innovation. Concept of prefab houses is an innovative concept. Prefabricated houses are the future because they are sustainable and practical.

Prefab house is shortened name for a prefabricated house, which has components manufactured in an off-site industrial facility. They are sometimes referred to as factory-made or modular homes, although there are some differences. The use of prefabricated buildings is not a new concept, in fact the first every advertisement for British prefabricated buildings was posted back in 1837, it is thought that these homes and type of modular housing was the very first of its kind in the world. The use of these structures is now widely accepted. They are used for all types of different things, for temporary classrooms, shelters for builders and some are even used as permanent fixtures as homes. With technology having had progressed to such a great degree now, modular housing and construction is seen as the way forward in this ever changing housing market.

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