The result of a research and development project, the Gomos prefabricated modular system is an effective response to the contemporary need to simplify and speed up the construction process.
Composed of reinforced concrete modules, it is a scalable system in which each module leaves the factory completely ready, including all interior and exterior finishes, insulation, window frames, water and electricity and even the fixed furniture pieces.
The on site assembly can be completed in just a few days by joining the modules together. The construction process can thus be broken down into four phases: production of the structure; installation of finishes and facilities; transportation; and assembly.
From a technical point of view, there are four key factors that led to the development of this project:
Flexibility – Its design makes this a flexible system, which can be used for different programs besides housing, while allowing further expansion of construction (by the introduction of new “Gomos”) or adaptations to different building sit conditions;
Ease of transportation – The module was optimized in order to facilitate transportation, also ensuring dimensions that comply with all applicable legislation;
Energy Efficiency – The choices made in terms of the inner subdivision – that defines natural ventilation corridors – and in terms of insulation solutions and lighting, allow obtaining low-energy buildings;
Construction Quality – The production of all components is made in factory environment, under highly controlled conditions, which results in previously tested solutions, avoiding construction problems often observed in traditional building.
The development of this project is the result of a partnership between 20 companies specialising in different areas, from prefabrication to technology and industrial automation, taking advantage of the know-how of each company to enhance every feature of the system. The first unit, built in Arouca, Portugal, demonstrates a key aspect of this project: the important thing isn’t the end result, but rather the simplification and efficiency of the entire construction process.