A new US-based prefabricated housing construction firm is building small but thinking big (really big) and, it’s delivered to your address on the back of a truck.
Boxabl, a Las Vegas-based prefabricated housing construction startup is gathering momentum, and will soon launch its patented technologies to manufacture affordable, prefabricated, and transportable homes on a large scale. Its box units will be built and finished in the Boxabl factory and then shipped to the construction site, where they will fit together to create customizable home designs.
Each prefabricated box is 12.8 meters long by 5.7 meters wide and can be folded down, even when fully finished, to a 2.6 meter width. Bolted to Boxabl’s patented space-saving wheel technology, the packed units can be moved within US transport
One prefabricated housing unit—weighing between 3600 kilos to 5400 kilos depending on its finish—can be transported using a modern pickup truck to save time and money, the company says.
With this system, the company, founded by Paolo Tiramani of 500 Group, Inc., aims to bring assembly-line efficiency to the prefabricated housing construction industry, a transition it believes is long overdue.
“Several hundred years late, the biggest product in the world, with one of the biggest markets, finally meets the biggest innovation in manufacturing: the assembly line,” the company says.
In the Boxabl factory, units will pass through six stations where home building specialists like plumbers and electricians will perform specialised tasks to create the end product. Boxabl claims the system can bring down the time it takes to construct a two-bedroom home to 90 percent completion from six months to six hours.
“Boxabl will create a dramatic societal shift in housing accessibility by creating something the world has never seen before: true mass production of buildings, in a factory, on a large scale,” says Galiano Tiramani, chief strategy officer of Boxable.
The 750-square-foot units are designed on a grid system with consistent placement of doors and windows, ensuring that they can be matched together to create large configurations. They come in a number of different floorplans and finishes and can be stacked as high as 7 stories. Customers will be able to design homes online, and inventoried boxes will be available for shipment as early as the next day, the company claims.
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The company also plans to use its next-day shipping ability to aid in international disasters. In addition to developers, general contractors, and big box retailers, the Boxabl team is marketing their product to disaster relief agencies as a temporary, reusable, and quickly deployed housing solution for crisis situations.
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Boxable is currently in phase two—the second prototype phase—of its 12-phase development plan, which goes as far as international expansion and AI-automated factories. If they successfully raise the necessary funds, Tirmani expects 6-9 months before the first Boxabl units are ready to be sold.