224 Days time savings with LiWooD

Wood is fundamental to effective construction. No other building material has changed the history of building as much as wood. Timber construction techniques, originally used in shipbuilding have greatly influenced the development of modular design. The construction of the vast Romanesque and Gothic churches was only possible because they were built using segmented, standardised components, suitable for cranes. Even at that time, these ‘component parts’ would have been delivered and assembled according to a precise logistics schedule.

LiWooD’s construction methods, their modular concept and precisely coordinated logistics, result in significantly reduced build times. Consequently, new housing can be created in a very short time, compared to traditional construction methods and generates earlier rental income. An important by-product of shorter build times, is that the disruption and increase in emissions, normally associated with construction sites, are considerably reduced both in terms of duration and quality.

Logistics

LiWooD draws up detailed construction and worksplans for every component and all material and labour supply schdeules. Following these plans, all individual building components are manufactured at nearby factories and delivered to the site according to a precise logistics schedule.

Module assembly in on-site field factory

The finished elements and individual components are assembled on site in LiWood’s own on-site factory and fully completed to form housing modules. Assembly can be carried out regardless of weather conditions and this considerably reduces production time: a unit can be assembled within 60 – 90 minutes. The production capacity of a LiWooD field factory is up to 10 modules per day.

Positioning

A mobile crane is used to line up, stack and finally connect the modules storey by storey. Local regulations will determine the height of the building. The latest technical equipment such as keyless entry systems and modern media facilities are integrated in advance.

Completion

Work on the completion of the facades, the roof and finally the exterior of the building begins immediately following the erection of the modules. Simultaneously, all the final interior installations are completed and built-in furniture is fitted, if required. Typically, a turnkey building comprising 200 units will be completed within 4 months from start to finish.

Building services and appliances

The underlying inefficiency of traditional construction with its dependence on professional craftsmen is especially apparent in the installation services and appliances. The installation of modern devices (heating, ventilation, solar panels) is closely intertwined with a variety of professional trades. However no masonry, filling or joinery is required as the components are fitted out in advance ready for assembly. There are several obvious advantages to modular building design. It saves time, decreases site management and prevents errors.

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