WHAT IS DRY CONSTRUCTION?
Dry construction is a construction method that does not use water on the building site. The materials used in dry construction are carefully selected and no concrete or cement is allowed. The construction elements (wood or metal) are pre-assembled in the workshop. Dry construction sites are therefore quick and economical.
UNDERSTANDING THE PRINCIPLE OF DRY CONSTRUCTION
In the field of building construction and public works, a distinction is made between different implementation techniques. These depend mainly on the type of building and the materials used, such as wood or steel. Among the innovative methods, many projects tend to be realised using the dry method.
As the name implies, dry construction means not using water in the execution of construction projects. In a traditional context, construction projects use materials that require a significant amount of water, such as poured cement or concrete. This is known as “wet” construction. Dry construction saves time and money with a reduced construction time, as there is no need to wait for the materials to dry.
Building professionals generally use the dry technique for wood and/or steel constructions. This can underlie a mixed structure. The principle is based on better cost management for the realisation of your project. In addition, the construction site does not have to adapt to climatic changes: whether it is bad weather or hot weather. This is an essential asset to avoid delays due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the project owner.
THE MAIN ADVANTAGES OF DRY CONSTRUCTION
From a practical or economic point of view, the dry construction method offers numerous advantages for builders, as well as for investors and property developers:
– Reduced consumption of raw materials;
– A lower overall cost than wet construction;
– A simpler and faster implementation;
– An optimised carbon footprint based on sustainable development values;
– Reduced noise pollution and site waste production.
For this last point, the company responsible for the site also saves on removal and treatment costs. On the basis of criteria and requirements specific to certain labels and certifications, recognised environmental standards can be met. For example, HQE (High Environmental Quality), Effinergie+ or BBCA for low carbon buildings.
USING QUALITY MATERIALS FOR DRY CONSTRUCTION
Particularly popular for the design of industrial and agricultural buildings, dry construction uses eco-materials, mainly from sustainably managed resources. This is particularly the case for wood, which is used both for the structure of the envelope and the framework. This is known as MOB (Wall and Wooden Frame). Whatever the solution adopted, wood is distinguished by its insulating properties, which are much better than those of concrete.
Whether it is a house or even a multi-sports hall, this process improves the energy performance of the building. It is easier to regulate the thermal comfort inside, to avoid thermal bridges and other losses. In addition to the energy savings in the operation of the buildings, the sound insulation is also optimised. Thanks to a dry technique, the envelope loses thickness and preserves its solidity to guarantee healthy and durable constructions.
BETTER MANAGEMENT OF YOUR BUILDING SITE
Due to their well thought-out design, metal-textile constructions can also benefit from the advantages of the dry method. In addition to the above-mentioned advantages, this is also due to better management of the organisation of your building site. During production, the materials are prefabricated in order to reduce production and delivery times for effective delivery.
On site, the teams take care of the assembly with reduced technical means compared to a traditional construction. This stage is one of the main time-savers, which allows you to concentrate on the finishing work. For example, the installation of a composite membrane for a textile roof or the application of a facing plaster for the facades.