Hi there, Mabuhay Bula sa Pilipinas! – Greetings from The Philippines!
I am new to the Group, yet very familiar with the Airoh Prefab, the BISF House, and the Precast Concrete Cornish House, all from the Post WW2 era. I am also a UK Architect who has been living and working here for several years.
Both I, and a small team of staff here have been investigating various forms of Prefabrication Methods, as part of a Government Sponsored Project following Typhoon Yolanda, in October of last year.
Most Domestic Construction here, follows Reinforced Hollow Blockwork, and lots of In-Situ Concrete! Progress is ‘Lamentable,’ and the finished quality (unless highly supervised), is ‘Poor’ to say the least. The reasoning behind such construction techniques, is that it is ‘Cheap!’ – In reality, it is not! Even with labourers being paid little more than £4.00 Per Day, the ‘Overhead’ of a site soon ‘Mushrooms,’ as the time extends to fit the job! – Twelve months is quite common to build a 3 Bedroom 850 Sq Ft House! Various ‘Cartels’ operate also, in the supply of Blocks, and of Concrete; which inflates material costs artificially, and also extends construction time.
On the other side of the coin, we have the ‘Barangays and Municipalities.’ These can be likened to a Parish Council, and Local Authority, for the purposes of Planning, and Building Control. Any construction with is not Hollow Block and Concrete, is outside the ‘Comfort Zone’ of the Building Inspectors. In a similar way to the US, Prefabricated Construction is alienated by the Construction Establishment as a form of ‘Protectionism!’ – Imagine Factory Assembled Construction having to be dismantled when it arrives on site, merely to fulfil the ‘Whim’ of a Municipality Engineer!
Whilst our Climate, and the requirements of a House here, are very different to the UK, we have been commissioned to propose viable ‘Prefabricated’ options for Post Disaster Housing. Although still in the early stages, we are attempting to develop Steel Framed Solutions, for Rapid Deployment, with all of the components being capable of being used in the construction of permanent housing, at a later date.
Our presentation requires us to ‘Evidence’ those Historic Systems that have been investigated. The Airoh Prefab, and Cornish Houses are well ahead, yet we have some gaps to fill with Gibberd’s BISF House.
Having noticed some of the original drawings on the website, I wondered whether it would be possible to use this information in order to prepare a set of Working Drawings. In short, we gain from more comprehensive information, and in return the drawings (2D CAD and 3D Renders) can be given back, to become a reference source for ‘BISF House’ in the future.
(Bob The Builder)