Construction is a sector considered essential for society since housing It is a right guaranteed by the Constitution and architecture is that science that is dedicated to designing the best environments to guarantee that said home is cozy, sustainable and efficient. In the past, the concept of housing was very closed and also unsustainable, but, thanks to innovation and R&D, all this is changing.
The Asturian architect and CEO of the company Room2030, Sergio Baragaño, is implementing an innovative concept in our country through modular construction. More than one startupyour company Room2030 is a laboratory of ideas in which they are constantly thinking about new applications of modular architecture to our daily lives. “We make single-family homes because there is a lot of demand, but we are already climbing in height, we are going to build our first six-story building, which will be one of the tallest in Spain made with this concept of modular architecture,” said Baragaño.
One of the main characteristics of this type of buildings is that it provides efficiency, habitability at a very affordable price and takes a very short time to build. “It is a product that is made in a factory, which implies a more exhaustive quality control, and it is also a much more sustainable system since there is no use of water, it is dry manufacturing, and we generate practically no waste,” explained Sergio. Baragaño. In addition, there is the concept of time and that the price is fixed, that is, there will be no extra costs or postponements. In this sense, the architect says that the average construction time for a modular single-family house is “around twelve weeks.”
Room2030’s biggest challenge is trying to enter the catalog of housing alternatives in Spain. Spanish buyers are very rigid and conservative with this and trust very little in solutions that do not involve concrete and brick. In this sense, Sergio Baragaño recognizes this rigidity but emphasizes that, according to his experience, “there is a turning point in this. The lack of labor or the uncertainty of price and deadlines is what makes people come to us when they are looking to create their home.
According to Room2030, the majority of their clients are foreigners or “expatriates who return and who know the value of industrialized construction over traditional construction.”
The manufacturing and assembly process of these modular homes is based on the production model that is based on automotive or aeronautics standards. At the same time, everything is done with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind. The houses are very well insulated, with practically passive housing standards. “They are very hermetic homes and then we work with green systems, such as aerothermal combined with solar panels. We always include these types of solutions that go a little towards energy savings and water consumption,” commented the CEO of the company.
But it is not only an issue of efficiency and sustainability of housing within the habitat, but also outside. Implementing a modular construction system minimizes the pollution that a construction process can generate. The heavy machinery needed to build a house is very invasive on the ground, while it also produces greenhouse gas emissions by using, in many cases, combustion engines. The mere fact of spending, for example, a year and a half of trucks entering and leaving the land generates an enormous impact on the place and the neighborhood and with this new concept that impact would be practically reduced to zero.
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