By Michael Rosario, Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, January 26, 2021
With an increasing commitment to sustainability in construction, dry construction technology involving re-manufacturing, low-maintenance, durability, recycling, and reuse is touted to be the future of DCT best practices.
FREMONT, CA: Today’s discerning buyers have high expectations of product quality, timely completion, and service from the real estate firms. Add hurdles of rising cost inflation to this, and it is clear that fast and significant transformation in real estate construction practices is the need of the hour. Some firms have taken up this challenge head-on by rolling out revolutionary global practices to the real estate sector. One of the major practices is the ‘Dry Construction Technique’ (DCT), which helps create high-quality, low-cost, time-effective, and eco-friendly projects – a significant selling point today.
Dry Construction Technique (DCT) is the utilization of innovation to mitigate water use and the effect of real estate on the environment. DCT involves lightweight construction of interior walls, ceilings, and floors, using plastered or microfiber board that is joined at the time of deploying. Apart from the drywall and ceiling, the façade is done with Aluminum Composite Panels (ACP) instead of brickwork and plaster. DCT is much lighter than the conventional brick and cement work and enables up to 70 percent saving of construction time. The wall's width constructed with DCT is only 80 mm in comparison to the 200 mm standard walls made of brick.
For large-scale projects, most of the development is covered by a network of roads made with paving blocks. These blocks are fixed on dry crush sand, which does not need the use of water. Also, during monsoons, paving blocks let rain-water percolate into the ground, which ultimately increases the groundwater table. Lightweight DCT developed from a need to reduce the mass without compromising on the structural strength. Its increasing use is primarily owed to its advantages like shorter construction timelines, better building mechanics, good economics, superior sound insulation, and fire-protection. Some of its other advantages include ease of repairs, renovation, and maintenance.
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