Industrialized housing and myths

Industrialization in construction has emerged as one of the most promising sectors in the global architecture. Industrialized house has its origins in the early nineteenth century, with the Balloon frame Chicago or Colonial Portable Cottages Australia and South Africa; and it has been developing at a rapid pace in the last two centuries, enabling a more sustainable response to the cycle of materials, cost reduction, and a specialization in the assembly and construction.

We are at a turning point, where everything around us is going through a systematization and specialization based on quality standards. The construction industry is still in process of adapting to these changes, with a clearly slower pace than other disciplines. Traditional housing, as until now it has been understood, will go for recycling in the coming years, since the shape of material production is changing in turn. Faced with this form of production, industrialized housing is the one best suited to the current criteria, success mainly due to the automation of the process.

While countries like the United States, Canada and France are at the head of industrialization, Spain is the tail when choosing this type of construction. It seems that in Spain, the fairy tale "The Three Little Pigs and the Wolf" took root in our consciousness and imaginary, and only we accept as valid the traditional wet construction, based on layers of mortar and cement. It may be that there is a preference for traditional mortar and brick home in Spain; but a number of prejudices against the house intuit industrialized fruit of ignorance and fear of the new. The most entrenched of these prejudices is the instability of industrialized homes over traditional homes.


Construcción húmeda  vs construcción en seco
Construction wet vs dry construction

Industrialized houses have foundations in exactly the same way as the traditional houses, communicating its efforts to field a solid way. There are examples of industrialized provisional housing, but it should be clarified that industrialized housing is not to temporary housing. Industrialization is not equivalent to a bad mount. The speed of assembly is precisely the fact that they are constructed in factory and not on site, so that materials have the same technical features, but there are fewer possibilities of constructive failure resulting from an incompetent operator. Another of the most common prejudices is the one who says that industrialized housing do not care about the design and are all the same.

That is industrialized housing has nothing to do with aesthetics. They are different concepts. The design of housing, and that this will please the customer, depends on the judgment and interest Architect and know-how. Moreover, applies, the final image of a house largely equivalent to finished employees, both traditional housing as an industrialized housing; and these finishes rely heavily customer.

On the issue of whether the industrialized housing is always the same, we should establish a series of shades. Industrialized house is based on a standard or model, it systematically performed becomes a competitive manner and studied to build. However, It is not to make houses like hotcakes. Rather, any good architect will agree that the houses should be adaptable to customer ratio. In our case, at least, We committed to make it happen.


Casa industrializada de AIRO Edificios en construcción
Sample home industrialized AIRO Buildings

Another myth: “Industrialized houses are not for life”. Industrialized households have the same durability as a traditional dwelling. The durability of construction there are several determinants. One is the quality of the materials. Another is the quality of the building itself and its ability to adapt to the environment. The fact that the construction is carried out in dry nothing to do with durability.

The materials with which an industrialized housing is built are backed by the highest standards of quality, She did steel, for example, it's not a very laudable materials?

On the other hand, we could say that the industrialized house has a great advantage over the works constructed wet, and there is the possibility of modernization and specialization of assemblers, and performing the work largely in workshop, always under controlled conditions, avoiding for example, exposure to inclement weather.

So, more should from now, understand that industrialized housing can be a highly competent industry, with an architectural quality level, innovative and higher performance than traditional housing.

Written by Melissa Duke

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