The Government is resorting to the use of PEBs as they can be constructed much faster than conventional buildings, especially for schools and hospitals.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (buildingtechnologies.frost.com), South African Pre-engineered Buildings Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $188.7 million in 2008 and estimates this to reach $397.4 million by 2015. The study covers modular buildings, mobile buildings and panelised buildings for the industrial, commercial, and residential sectors.
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"The construction of stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament as well as greater Government expenditure in the health and education sectors has already led to a sharp rise in the demand for PEBs," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Kudzanayi Bangure. "Additionally, the construction of the Gautrain in the Gauteng province has marginally stepped-up the demand for PEBs."
A spurt in the growth of the construction and energy industries has also resulted in an increase in the demand for PEBs in the country. The restructuring of Eskom's power stations is particularly significant, as PEBs have been erected at every site location.
However, the quality of PEBs is perceived to be inferior compared to that of conventionally built buildings. Low-cost houses are still constructed with bricks and cement, instead of the considerably lower-priced pre-engineered alternative.
"Municipal regulations are fairly inflexible when it comes to defining a proper building," explains Bangure. "Their definition compels builders to use conventional brick and cement buildings as they do not recognise PEBs as inhabitable structures."
The increased expenditure by the Government on health and education does however present an opportunity to change the negative perception about PEBs.
"The speed at which PEBs can be completed and occupied is a critical contributing factor to their success," concludes Bangure. "With the components being made in the factory, a superior quality control system should be implemented with an assurance that the end-users will receive buildings of the highest quality."
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