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Modular technology in social housing

Hotels & Apartments

Can modular technology help with social housing shortages?

Low cost housing and housing for homeless people has been in the news recently with the local CEO's here in Sydney sleeping out last week to raise awareness of a serious problem effecting all communities. Nearly AUD$2million was raised to support Vinnies and other charities.

Quicksmart Homes are often asked to look at low cost housing and we are often asked to comment on how modular products could help in providing homeless people with accommodation.

The general misconception is that low cost housing is cheap to build. It needs to be cheap to rent for the tenants from flexible family housing through to secure overnight accommodation for people under threat.

Why is it not cheap? Good low cost housing needs to be very durable. That means very high quality.

Properties must be designed and built to stand the test of time and deal with the range of behaviour that non-selective social housing brings. They need to be secure by design and provide a safe environment for the occupants.

Additionally, a major problem with low cost housing is payback on investment dollars. That's why it's left to the charities and social services to provide. Imposing quotas on new development helps but only in certain sectors of the social housing spectrum.

So why not provide medium term relocatable accommodation on fallow sites waiting for other uses or parts of a larger project where the site won't be used for a number of years. The developer provides the site and infrastructure for the building and when the site is ready - after a prescribed time period or trigger point - the building gets moved.

That's where high quality modular buildings could come into play.

Being able to stack multi-storey, relocate or re-task the modules is all easy to achieve. Quicksmart modules can also be leased as capital equipment leaving charities more cash for services.

Food for thought.

If you would like to help Vinnies break the AUD$2,000,000 barrier visit:

https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/donate/online-donation/

The Benefits of Modular Housing

Hybrid Housing

What benefits does our hybrid modular product offer the house builder at large?

Modular (not panels or prefab but volumetric modules - where the whole thing is delivered as one completed part) can be justified in a number of ways.

There can be a major cost benefit but in providing that saving there is often an offset for product inclusions to keep the price down. Quicksmart products are cheaper without discounting quality or fittings - it's not what you do it's how you do it.

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It is undoubtedly faster.

In commercial applications like private health and hotels, where Quicksmart Homes delivers a lot of products, modular offers a big time saving. 6 months additional revenue on a 100 room hotel is certainly a major bump for an operator's bottom line.

Modular offers a potential for a more consistent quality by being built in a factory environment.

But go back to the question. Builders worry about two things - money and cash (and we're being serious - just bear with us on this...)

Money is the bottom line and cash is working capital. A lot of smaller builders, and franchisees of large home builders, are constrained by when they get paid and how much they can stretch the cash in between.

Quicksmart's hybrids save time and save money - about AUD$20,000 on a standard 200-250sqm house. With our innovative payment terms we can also help the builder with his cash flow. So that makes house builders happy.

If you want to know more about how we can help or you want to visit our Sydney hybrid display then click here and send us a form.