Factory Built Homes for a Post-Pandemic World

In a post-pandemic world, technology will play an essential role across industries. In India, the growing affordable housing deficit has put pressure on both the government and the construction industry to deliver a solution. Increasingly technology-driven construction has the potential to make modern housing an affordable and attainable vision.

Modular construction has been around for quite a long time, and modern structures can now be built even faster with new advancements in technology. The whole world witnessed China fabricate an emergency hospital to treat the novel coronavirus patients in just ten days. The 645,000-square-foot improvised clinical setup was the ideal of modular construction.

Is something to this effect conceivable for India’s real estate sector?

Katerra, India’s leading construction company, has plans to transform the way housing is delivered. By developing a new design and technology-first approach for the residential projects, we will enable building 10- and 20-floor apartment buildings in as little as six months. Katerra’s building platform uses components like bathroom pods, modular utility systems, and end-to-end services from design-to-production-to-installation.

Concept

Most buildings today are designed using a one-off model, a process that is unique to construction. In most highly specialized industries, from mobile phones and airplanes to computers, cars, and data centers – developers spend considerable time in research and development to create high-end components that are then used in a variety of combinations to create and customize different products. It would be illogical to design a car or computer from scratch for every user – yet this has become an acceptable norm in construction.

Katerra is challenging that status quo with its building platform concept.

Katerra is challenging that status quo with its building platform concept. Just like any highly industrialized product, we are breaking buildings into components. Bathrooms, kitchens, and modular rooms are examples of 3D components, while walls, beams, columns, and staircases are examples of 2D components. Each component is available in a variety of specifications designed to optimize space and efficiency. A Katerra customer can choose from a library of options to create their building, with automated software allowing them to see changes in price based on their selections. Buildings fittings and finishes like tiles, facades, and fixtures are customizable according to client preferences. This unique combination of pre-designed components with customizable options brings unprecedented efficiency, the advantage of large scale production, increased sustainability to buildings, while maintaining room for personalization in each project. 

Fully finished building components are manufactured on an assembly-lin in Katerra’s state-of-the-art factories, then transported to the site for easy installation. Producing building components in a controlled offsite environment reduces the end-to-end design and build time by over 50% – delivering better, faster, and more sustainable housing solutions.

Benefits

Katerra homes fundamentally reduce construction time as repetitive design work is minimized, with 95% of the building fabricated offsite. All building components are manufactured in an industrial facility with controlled conditions, ensuring quality control. Less manual processes also contribute to quality control and make for less waste and exceeded budgets. It also significantly improves worker safety and security across the construction process. Additionally, offsite construction reduces the uncertainties faced in traditional development – from labor shortages to weather conditions. 

Katerra homes fundamentally reduce construction time as repetitive design work is minimized, with 95% of the building fabricated offsite

In a world adapting to a global virus outbreak, the need for smart, sustainable living spaces will be significant. In India, where slums and temporary housing make these outbreaks significantly more challenging to manage, the need is acute. The government, real estate industry, and construction industry will have to work together to rapidly provide smart residential solutions for a growing populous to ensure a better future for all.

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