FEATURES Modular homes are sectional prefabricated houses that consist of multiple sections called ‘modules’. Image: Federal Emergency Management Agency Different strokes - The ins and outs of modular, temporary and alternative housing We take a look at modular, temporary and alternative housing, and how these sometimes overlooked technologies can help rectify South Africa’s housing deficit, which traditional building methods have yet to address. By Kelly-Ann Prinsloo S outh Africa is a country in transition. In the 22 years since apartheid was dismantled, the government has scrambled to right the wrongs that the system perpetrated against its citizens. One of those wrongs is inadequate housing. The government inherited a critical housing shortage, when the 1996 census reflected a housing backlog of 2 202 519. Since 1994, the state has built 1.4 million housing units, providing more than five million people with secure homes. As South Africa’s population continues to grow, so too does the housing deficit. And those South Africans living below the breadline are not the only ones who need safe, comfortable homes – many young South Africans are looking to alternative technologies to provide them with a place to settle. Enter modular and alternative housing. 14 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2016 AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING A MODULAR ALTERNATIVE Modular homes are sectional prefabricated houses that consist of multiple sections called modules. ‘Modular’ is a method of construction differing from other methods of building where the modules are constructed at an off-site facility, then delivered to the intended site of use. Intastor Controlled Environments (Pty) Ltd, a company that designs, manufactures and installs insulated modular panels, insulated roofing panel systems, insulated modular wall panel, and expanded polystyrene insulation was appointed to provide an expected total of 1 500 transitional residential accommodation units (TRAs) at Delft, just outside Cape Town, in three phases. The first began in September 2010 and consisted of almost 800 units including a community hall, spaza shops and security facilities. This phase was completed and handed over on 30 March 2011. Phase two, which commenced in February 2012, comprised an additional 300 units handed over in November 2012.