Journal article

Time-efficient post-disaster housing reconstruction with prefabricated modular structures

T Gunawardena, N Tuan, P Mendis, L Aye, RH Crawford

Open House International | Open House International Association | Published : 2014


With many natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones, bushfires and tsunamis destroying human habitats around the world, post-disaster housing reconstruction has become a critical topic. The current practice of post-disaster recon- struction consists of various approaches that carry affected homeowners from temporary shelters to permanent hous- ing. While temporary shelters may be provided within a matter of days as immediate disaster relief, permanent hous- ing can take years to complete. However, time is critical, as affected communities will need to restore their livelihoods as soon as possible. Prefabricated modular construction has the potential to drastically improve the time take..

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