Turnkey Transportable Factories for Home Construction
Cuby Technologies, Inc., a construction technology firm with headquarters in New York, is poised to change the way construction is done. Cuby has ambitions to build housing and other building types in days instead of years, using its proprietary, portable factories to accelerate construction.
While there are many “assembly-line” style prefab and modular building manufacturers, Cuby is vastly different and will transform the idea of “prefab” and “modular” altogether.
Rather than having one capital-intensive centralized mega-factory to produce prefabricated building parts or components, Cuby is using finely engineered, decentralized, localized factories. They will solve the huge logistics challenge posed by the traditional modular and prefab methodologies that incumbent players may consider prohibitive.
Localized industrial construction
Cuby calls their localized factories “TTFs” (Turnkey, Transportable Factories). A single TTF requires minimal land and can be installed at or very near construction sites – like a nearby parking lot. This localization of manufacturing hubs has multiple benefits. Logistics costs and challenges are minimized, each hub will use locally sourced materials, and will employ around one hundred local workers, thus benefiting the local economy of the building site. This concept is agile and scalable with lower CAPEX requirements than existing systems to date.
Using a proprietary set of hardware and software technology perfected by a team of over 200 engineers at peak R&D, Cuby can produce all the necessary “building blocks”’ for a 2,000 square foot single-family home in just one week. Cuby aims to do it in one day for its next-generation factory.
Once the “blocks” are delivered to the building site, the structure can be ready for occupancy in less than a month, including interior finishings and even furniture. In addition, Cuby’s system can produce repeatable, high-quality buildings that are concrete-based (not stick built) with a lower price point. The technology makes buildings not just more sustainable but also climate-resistant.
One building team can deliver four high-quality homes per month. This is a staggering improvement over current build times which produce only about one home every seven to nine months. Furthermore, there can be several teams per factory.
Solving the shortage of labor and quality
Taking advantage of the efficiencies, builders could dramatically reduce the estimated 4.8 million single-family home shortage that currently exists in the U.S. housing market (since 2001), a $1.95 trillion current-day value. One of the factors contributing to the housing shortage is the shrinking pool of qualified, trained construction workers.
“Cuby’s lean manufacturing approach solves two of the biggest problems currently in construction: a dramatic shortage of labor and shortage of quality,” said Cuby’s co-founder, Aleh Kandrashou.
Constructed using steel and concrete, with smart-home technology built-in, Cuby homes will be of higher quality than a typical wood-framed home and will cost, on average, less per square foot, almost doubling builders’ margins, passing through the savings to end-occupiers.
With the TTF model of construction, Cuby expects to lower the costs of construction by more than 40%, shrink project delivery time by 50%, and reduce the ecological footprint of buildings by 90%, all while improving project predictability and construction quality. This is a win-win for everyone involved: developers, construction companies, and end-users.
“Cuby is unique in that we don’t want to displace the incumbent; on the contrary, we want to help incumbents thrive by licensing our hardware to their existing operations,” said Aleks Gampel, Cuby’s co-founder.
Source: EINPresswire.com, May 27, 2022