Prefabrication: Architecture of the Next Generation
November 18, 2021
Prefabrication dates back from ancient times. Did you know that the Kings of Sri Lanka had done magnificent constructions with ancient prefabrication techniques since 2000 years ago? By now, we have the modern technology and techniques to create even better architecture.
Construction using prefabrication has many advantages over the traditional on-site construction. One of them is, of course, being eco-friendly. Assemblies happen in a controlled factory, and extra materials can be reused for other purposes or for other projects. Waste emissions are at a minimum level. More precise construction also means smaller energy waste when the building is used. It is truly an example of eco-friendly construction.
Prefabrication quickens the construction process. Each sub-assemblies can run at the same time, without having to wait for the completion of other sub-assemblies. When delivered to the construction site, the assemblies are quick and relatively clean. This process can even fasten the construction time by twice. Less construction time also means less waste, which is good for everyone.
Especially for construction companies focusing on the urban cities, prefabrication can be a lifesaver. On-site construction sites often need bigger space than necessary. Bigger space may not be an option in a sprawling city. Prefabrication fixes this problem by constructing the necessary parts in a factory, then assembling those parts when the time comes. This eliminates many problems regarding on-site constructions in big cities: prolonged usage of heavy vehicles, traffic problems, and sound pollution.
The greatest advantage to prefabrication is its very nature to produce and assemble components in a controlled factory. On-site constructions are often bothered by the will of Mother Nature, such as rains, heavy winds, storms, etc. This can lead to a slower construction process and hazardous working conditions. With prefabrication, components are safe from weather and environmental problems that may occur on the site. Hazards are less prevalent for the workers because they can work faster assembling the already created components. With environmental problems out of the way, the workflow is more precise and executable. It also means financial savings are possible using the effectiveness of prefabrication.
As a company advocating for sustainability in wood production and construction, Kayu Lapis Indonesia (KLI) fully supports prefabrication as a future architecture method. KLI believes that prefabrication can create a better architectural environment for Indonesia and the world. Over the past few years, our group has been actively involved in collaborative projects that have seen us produce high quality wood buildings. Working closely with a range of architects and contractors, we put quality and sustainability at the forefront of the projects by providing prefabricated wood materials which have durability, produce low emission, and ultimately reduce installation time. Feel free to contact us on Instagram for a collaboration on prefab projects.