As the name implies, dry construction simply means building construction that is dry. This method of building construction involves the use of very little water during the process of construction. Unlike the traditional system of construction – wet construction, where brick and mortar or concrete is used in erecting structures, in dry construction, panels, frames and boards are used instead.
With falling price of crude oil and a high cost of funds for execution of capital projects, the construction industry in Nigeria is obviously under pressure to evolve more time and cost-efficient system of construction to ensure affordable housing in Nigeria, hence the need to move from the traditional method of construction.
Builders in developed countries have gone past the mixing of water with concrete to form slurry or the mixture of cement and sand with the addition of a good quantity of water to form brick and mortar.
Taking a critical look at what construction was like in the days of old, did you know that real traditional African construction was purely dry? There was a time when timber and palm fronds were used for the construction of houses, sheds and other structures that can serve as dwellings for humans and animals. It was a time when human population was not yet an issue and the question of housing deficit had not come under radar because civilization still eluded most parts of Africa.
However, the dry construction we have now is no where near the primitive era of construction in the days of our fathers. What is obtainable these days is a construction method that saves time and cost.
Dry construction is usually perfect for a project with an impossible deadline because it takes more than one third of the time it would have taken if the traditional method of building was used in its stead. Imagine building a house that would have taken you 6 months in less than 2 months
Another thing of note is that dry construction is ten times lighter than block. Let’s assume your building foundation is meant to carry a structure made of blocks, then how much relief will it be if the foundation carries a building ten times lighter than what it should have been if the building were to be composed of blocks?
To put it plainly, dry construction method can make your entire building come to you in 30 tons truck and all you have to do is assemble the building on site. It is faster, lighter and the finishing is better and neater with less waste on site unlike the traditional system where there is always waste from broken blocks, extra sand, gravel and other waste on site.
Technically, you don’t have waste lying around when you build with dry construction. In this modern method of construction, it is easier to hide your plumbing and electrical pipes, and it is even easy to remodel spaces. Whatever the design idea the Architect can conceive, the dry construction system can achieve.
Also, the use of timber associated with the traditional construction is avoided with dry construction, and the system impacts positively on reducing deforestation.
In recent times this has been the predominant way of building in advanced countries albeit dry construction still struggles for recognition in Nigeria despite the obvious advantages it has over wet construction.
The demand for housing in Nigeria continues to grow at a geometric rate while housing provision is at arithmetic rate yet most Nigerians don’t have access to decent housing units due to the cost occasioned by the cost of building materials. Hence, there is obvious need to evolve a more practical method of achieving mass housing development in the country. Dry construction presents an excellent opportunity to government at all levels and the primary mortgage institutions to guarantee speedy provision of mass and affordable housing in Nigeria.
Little wonder our flagship development plan at ibeju Lekki; Landlagos Development 1 (LLD 1) AND Landlagos Development 2 (LLD II) would see the popularization of affordable prefabricated homes that cost less than a third of regular offerings. These affordable luxury setting can either be owned by the owner of the land or the property would be bought at the current inflated rate, making the land owner a decent profit and the buyer a new owner.
Perception and resistance to change are the two major issues facing the switch to dry construction method. My father’s house is still standing and he built it in the 80’s, so why should I build something else? That is a popular line from a typical Nigerian.
The emergence of modern dry construction may be slow in Nigeria and may not even completely take over in 5-10 years to come, however it will likely have a mainstay in the building industry if the right steps are taken towards its actualization.
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