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Construction Tech Review | Monday, May 17, 2021

With an increasing commitment to sustainability in construction, dry construction technology involving re-manufacturing, durability, low-maintenance, and recycling is gaining traction.

FREMONT, CA: The buyers of today have high demands of product quality, timely completion, and service from the realtors. Add issues of increasing cost inflation to this, and it is clear that quick and significant transformation in real estate construction operations is the need of the hour. Construction technology firms are taking up this challenge head-on by launching revolutionary global practices to the real estate sector. One of these is the dry construction technique (DCT), which helps create high-quality, low-cost, time-effective, and eco-friendly projects – a significant selling point today. Read on to know more.

By definition, DCT uses innovation to mitigate the use of water and the effect of real estate on the environment. DCT involves lightweight construction of interior walls, ceilings, and floors, utilizing plastered or microfiber board that is joined at the time of deploying. Apart from drywall and ceiling, the façade is also completed with Aluminum Composite Panels (ACP) instead of brickwork and plaster. This is a signature technology being followed in several projects. DCT is 8-10 times lighter than conventional brick and cement work and enables up to 70 percent saving of construction time. The width of the wall constructed with DCT is only 80 mm in comparison to the 200 mm standard walls made of brick, leading to a rise of the carpet area in the operations.

Lightweight DCT produced from a need to reduce the mass without compromising on the structural strength. Its evolving use is primarily owed to its benefits, such as shorter construction timelines, good economics, improved building mechanics, superior sound insulation, and fire protection. Some of its other advantages include ease of maintenance, renovation, and repairs. Unlike the conventional method, lightweight DCT creates minimum construction waste. It also assists in preserving room temperature and offers energy efficiency. With a rising commitment to sustainability in all areas of construction, ‘green’ dry construction technology involving re-manufacturing, durability, low-maintenance, recycling, and reuse is touted to be the future of DCT practices.

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