Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of Smart Cities Mission that intends to develop sustainable smart cities. The mission has attracted a whopping 2 trillion INR investment from different quarters. The main objective behind this mega-urbanization drive is to get Indian cities 21st-century ready, and to transform them into entities capable of providing a better quality of life through top-notch infrastructure.

Under the Smart City Mission, nearly 2.5 million homes need to be built every year – a target that necessitates the use of solutions that can expedite construction projects. Embracing the right technology and the right construction solutions will be the key to accomplishing this mammoth task. To translate this ambitious program into reality, the country will need to adopt innovative operational models in real estate construction. Under this circumstance, the government and urban planners are exploring non-traditional construction solutions that would bolster the efficiency of real estate projects. And the concept of off-site or prefabricated homes fits the bill perfectly.

What is Prefabricated Construction?

Prefabricated construction involves manufacturing building modules in factory conditions, transporting them to the construction site and getting them assembled on site. In countries like Sweden and Japan, the rate of prefab adoption is quite high. Experts believe India’s healthy trade relations with Japan can help grow the sector through technological tie-ups and capital flow. Some Indigenous companies have already made a mark in this sphere. Tata Steel’s Nest-In, for instance, has already made a stellar impact with its modular construction solutions under the HabiNest and Nestudio brands. These new-age solutions are crafted with an exquisite interior finish and premium exterior. It is said to be at least 15 times lighter than the conventional brick and mortar solution. Such solutions are ideal for steering India’s smart city projects forward.

'Offsite' Solutions Make Construction Sustainable

Along with its other goals, the Smart City Mission also aims to stimulate sustainability. The smart cities of the future India are expected to ensure that buildings thereof are constructed in the most resource-efficient way. With the off-site construction method, the construction wastes are kept at the minimum, noise pollution is nearly zero, and wastage of water can be substantially reduced. In a country with a fast diminishing ground water level, this home manufacturing method characterized by minimal water usage, should be given a warm welcome.

Large scale housing construction made faster

To fulfil its Smart City ambition, India’s construction sector needs a massive scale-up. In view of meeting this enormous requirement, the real estate sector needs to think out of the box and embrace a technology that will allow for faster project completion. The modular nature of offsite construction can dramatically expedite the construction process, and, is perfectly aligned to the Smart City mission’s primary goal of providing housing to all.

Better, more energy-efficient lifestyle ensured

Modular, prefabricated technologies make construction smarter owing to an array of advantages, including a speedy, hassle-free installation. The use of sophisticated techniques and high-end materials result in reduced energy consumption and streamlined maintenance, subsequently facilitating a better customer experience.

Housing needs of an ever-growing population are fulfilled in a more cost-efficient manner

Over the next few years, the Indian real estate market is expected to witness a surge in the numbers of first time home buyers. In this situation, the pre-manufactured housing sector can be the go to solution for urban planners, municipalities and the government bodies. The adoption of the prefab housing model will also enable the smart city officials to avoid multiple challenges typically associated with traditional construction such as project delays and the resulting rise in project costs, skill shortage, terrain-related hindrances and more.

To sum up, adopting prefab construction is an extremely attractive option for the architects of the smart cities of tomorrow’s India, to deliver a high-quality living solution, and in a considerably less time. The offsite housing model will, therefore, be pivotal to the execution of Smart City Projects.

Posted in HabiNest on Dec 25, 2020.

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