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Minimum Waste, Minimum Labour: Advantages Of The MAAP System

Shows a double storey panelised modular house. This method minimised wasted time, labour and materials


Modular, pre-fab, and off-site construction, have become buzzwords in recent years as the construction industry looks into new technology and ways to minimise the expensive time on-site during construction, but what does it mean? Modular construction refers to dividing a building up into ‘modules’ or ‘components’; these components are either volumes such as full rooms and building parts, or panels such as walls, floors and roofs. With the recent focus on volumes, panels seem to have taken a back seat.

As an Australia first, MAAP House has chosen to take full advantage of both modular volumes and panels and uses a ‘hybrid’ of both technologies. MAAP kitchens and bathrooms are delivered to site as a whole unit or a volume, while all the other building parts are delivered as panels neatly stacked to be readily assembled. 


Building in a factory comes with many benefits. When materials are used on-site, there is typically a large amount of wastage and potential for damage and even theft, whereas in a secured factory environment excess material is used on succeeding projects and damage is avoided with controlled processes. Construction progress in a factory is not impeded by site closures due to weather or other external disturbance. In a factory, where repetitive tasks are performed, there is less likelihood of mistakes or damage during the task; using purpose built equipment to ensure precision and the opportunity to utilise machinery to assist with heavy and labour intensive tasks.
A MAAP Worker pauses while installing hybrid MAAP House ceiling panels

The MAAP Panel system takes full advantage of the factory environment as it produces the same system of parts which can be used on any project. This systematisation allows MAAP to minimise waste within the factory and only order what is required for each project. The repetition also means that each part requires less labour to produce. Bathrooms and kitchens can be built simultaneously with the floors and walls 

 and other building parts, allowing a streamlined approach to building. 


When a MAAP house is delivered to site, there are no ‘Wet Trades’. No concrete to pour and wait to set, no waiting for plaster to dry, no waiting for paint to dry, no waterproofing layers to dry or tile grout to set. This means that the panels that are delivered can be installed and secured in place. A typical 3 bedroom house can be fully installed on site in as little as 3 weeks by only 4 workers on site. Imagine a building site that is not crawling with people, where there is no dust, or paint spills, or offcuts being tossed aside, with minimal disturbance to neighbours and existing landscape - MAAP House is the answer.

On-site waste and rubbish is cut back to almost nothing, as all of the offcuts and debris have been either factored out by using MAAP or have been dealt with in the factory. Only the protective wrap and packaging ends up in the rubbish trailer or on larger jobs, in the skip.

Handling MAAP Panels on-site is so easy, 2 workers can easily move each panel from its rack and set it into place within the building. Then one worker holds the panel level, while the other worker secures it in place. Everything fits because of the manufacturing precision of all MAAP panels, there is no on site measuring or cut-to-fit situations, speeding up the on-site time so you can move in sooner.

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