A modular home affords construction efficiency, virtually eliminating waste material that are normally associated with building. In order to provide this high level of quality, production takes place at a factory.
The chief components of Ecomo homes, namely the wall panels, floors and roofing are pre-manufactured off-site. With this comes the advantages of accurate costings, consistent quality control, minimisation of waste, a reduction in construction time on site and a predictable time frame. The walls, floors and roofing are comprised of a substructure, insulation, conduits, fixtures and finishes, with the size of the wall panels of 5000mm x 2500mm creating a room or POD of 5 m x 5m.
The panels are adapted to individual projects based on the specific design elements, transport requirements and site conditions. The finished wall thickness measures 220 mm which includes a 100-120mm insulation, with the outer cladding and interior finishes specified by the client.
These PODS are fixed onto concrete pile foundations which makes it a permanent structure – this requiring council approval. The structure is slightly elevated, which ensures a dry building all year round and creates an floating aesthetic.
The materials used are sustainable and of a high standard. The cladding is a choice of timber, magnesium board or aluminium sheeting. The insulation and flooring is recycled and recyclable and the lighting is LED. Energy needs are reduced by considered design principles such as the orientation of the building, overhangs and shutters. As well as insulation and cross ventilation, all bringing the home closer to the ideal net-zero passive house. Other Green building principles include water storage and recycling, and solar energy generation and storage.