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Monolithic Building System For Rapid House Construction - continued

Monolithic Building System For Rapid House ConstructionThe building system was first commercialized recently when Malaysia’s Ministry of Higher Education launched ‘The Community Home Project’, where students from higher learning institutions work with the private sector to build affordable houses for low-income families.

Before the project was officially underway, the Ministry commissioned four pilot units to be built, all using different systems, to compare efficiency, quality and cost.

Pilot Home Test Out Performed Other Systems

In a test against low cost house construction systems, the LafargeHolcim system won because of what it delivered.

Ultra-rapid construction time: with FASTBUILD, the shell unit of the pilot home can be completed in five days. It only took four extra days to complete the rest of the 60 m² (650 ft²) home (including roofing and finishing)
Unbeatable quality: compared to conventional building systems, this method delivers superior quality thanks to the cements revolutionary self-placing technology that produces straight walls and sharp edges and eliminates plastering work.

Productivity - the system increases the productivity of workers on site due to simplified construction techniques and rapid construction.

Cost effective: the aluminium formwork at the heart of the system can be used up to 100 times without any loss in quality. Therefore, it lowers the cost of the individual residence, especially when used for large volume social housing projects.

After the success of the pilot, the Ministry of Higher Education awarded the construction of the remaining 65 “Community House Program” units to Lafarge Holcim’s teams in Malaysia.

The building solution is also currently being deployed in Nigeria and Iraq, in a variety of structures.End-To-End Solution For Contractors

This project illustrates the extreme efficiency of the system in a real in-situ demonstration.

The ProSolutions Total Building Integrated Offer comprises the FASTBUILD system, building materials (concrete, screed, cement, etc) and services such as placing and finishing (through Lafarge Holcim’s network of applicators) and on-site mason training by construction specialists.

The demonstration of the FASTBUILD solution did not lose any time before attracting more contracts in Malaysia. The regional teams have entered into an agreement with Ascension Technology to build 3,500 homes throughout the country in 2017.

The building solution is also currently being deployed in Nigeria and Iraq, in a variety of structures.

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