revolution in building materials
Revolution in building materials
revolution in building materials
"When there is a revolution in building materials, there will be a revolution in architecture again. Until that moment, we ought to be happy being the enablers of other intellectual and technological revolutions." - Reinier de Graaff - Link
A disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology.
Plastic formwork - revolution in building materials
methods using modern building materials: Link
moladi Construction System aims to address the challenge by providing a scalable, low-tech and low-skilled affordable building solution using in-situ casting. Founded in 1986 by South African social entrepreneur Hennie Botes, the company aims to replace the classic brick-and-mortar construction with an easier method: using a patented lightweight, removable and re-usable plastic injection moulded formwork system that is filled with fast setting aerated mortar to cast entire houses on-site. The process is deliberately designed to be labour intensive to boost local employment and local production without requiring prior construction experience or skills. The moladi construction process mostly uses local supplies apart from the reusable formwork and a special additive to aerate the mortar (concrete without stone) to reduce the density, thereby enhancing the thermal properties of the structure. The other function of the additive is to water proof the wall and enhance the flow ability of the mortar within the formwork eliminating the need to vibrate.
First moladi home constructed in 1987
Through creative engineering and sophisticated manufacturing, moladi aims to advance living standards and spaces affordably. moladi is an advanced building technology that utilises an innovative re-usable plastic formwork system to reduce the required skills to produce quality affordable homes and other structures that are socially acceptable by speeding up delivery and thus reducing cost. By emulating the methodology of the automotive assembly line, moladi implements the principles applied by Henry Ford; reducing cost by increasing production output by de-skilling the production operation, making homes affordable.
The advantage that moladi brings to the “production process” is that the process can measured and maintained, ensuring consistent speed and quality within budget. It all comes down to efficiency of producing a cost effective, socially acceptable wall for people (knock test), then fixing all the other components, like door, windows, roof, ceiling, bathroom fixtures etc., onto the "chassis" (the wall). So in reality, who can produce a wall on a stand the quickest, and millions of them? We simply use a cost per square meter of a wall (chassis) on a foundation (in position), ready for "assembly" as a yardstick of efficiency. This is method compares "Apples to Apples"?
Conventional brick and mortar construction:
This leads to the question: Are the inefficiencies of the brick and mortar construction process making homes unaffordable for most?
By applying moladi the above variables are excluded from the equation.
moladi Construction Process:
Click on the links below for additional information:
- Double Storey Classrooms for Western Cape Education Department - Link
- Brick and Mortar vs. Injection Moulded Construction System - Link
- Youth Employment and skills Development Program Link
- #moladi Affordable Housing presentation - Link
For more information - Visit - Future of Construction
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