In the last year or so we have been researching methods of reducing construction costs and finding flexible solutions to providing new build homes in a city with tight planning constraints and increasingly expensive and diminishing pockets of land. One of the techniques we have been extensively working on is cross laminated timber (CLT) prefabrication.
- Simplicity of construction
- Manageable unit sizes
- No Limit to size of units created
- Reduces time on site for erecting the principle waterproofed shell.
- More jointing interface details
- Negotiation and coordination of parts on site
- Individual panels limited by size of transport
- Fully finished plug and play units dropped into position
- Very fast on site construction
- Fully off site with workmanship and fabrication undertaken under controlled conditions.
- Size of units completely dependent on what can be transported (roughly 4.2m max width)
- Limits flexibility in marginal increases in the overall unit size
- Limits maximizing site potential due to strict grid requirements
- Highly serviced volumetric elements of small scale combined with highly serviced components or wall panels undertaken off site under controlled conditions.
- Greater flexibility in overall design and adapting to site constraints
- Limited complexity in the connection of services on site - plug and play concept for highly serviced often small areas requiring numerous trades
- Wide range of junction details and interface types to negotiate on site
- Future adaptability