FAQ

FAQ

Do I understand that the kitchen and bathroom (with bath, with shower, with toilet) should be adjacent to the SAM module? That limits your options, doesn't it?

Indeed, the bathroom and kitchen are always part of the SAM module. That way you get more usable living space, the SAM layout is highly efficient and unique in the way we store utilities. In most new construction projects, the utilities are grouped centrally as much as possible.

What do you do with lamps on the ceiling, and with the wires? Or with sockets in the corner of the room? You can't attach all the contact points to the module, can you?

This depends on the type of SAM module and the house in which it will be installed. For small living areas - for which SAM is intended - e.g. city apartments and student rooms, we can leave all the lighting on the module itself and incorporate all the sockets into it. For larger living areas, we will also have to provide power sockets elsewhere in the room. We are currently looking at how we can achieve this in the least invasive way possible. For example, we always install switches wirelessly as much as possible.

Prefabricated for small spaces, hasn't it been around for a long time?

The SAM modules do not have a fixed design, which makes them unique. SAM is a configurable system with no less than 18 flexible cabinet modules in which the utilities (heating, water, electricity, ventilation and home automation) are all integrated. This makes it possible to make a complete disconnection between the structure of a building and the utilities, which is very beneficial for the redevelopment of a building.

Architects can use the Smart Adaptable Modules (SAM) to design a huge range of homes. Bao Living offers building owners and architects the opportunity to implement prefabricated buildings on a large scale in their building projects, in a flexible, qualitative and ecological way.

What kind of homes is SAM intended for?

SAM is an excellent solution for apartments with a smaller living area: urban apartments, care homes, student apartments, office spaces that are transformed into residential projects,... because heating, electricity, water, ventilation and home automation are all combined in one module.

This is a totally new way of creating living spaces and a totally new way of living! Worldwide, more and more people are living in the city. If more people live on the same surface, they will inevitably have to live smaller.

Why is SAM more ecological and sustainable?

- By concentrating all utilities in one central location, the SAM modules require fewer materials, fewer lines, and fewer wires.

- In addition, all the wood used for the modules is FSC-certified, i.e. it is recycled or comes from sustainably managed forests.

- By producing the modules in one workshop, all materials can be recycled as much as possible and hardly anything is wasted.

- The invasive and wasteful way in which pipes are installed today - by grinding in the structure of a building - is a thing of the past with the implementation of SAM.

How long does it take before a SAM unit can be made? And how long does the installation take?

The builders and/or architects design their SAM units in cooperation with the Bao Living design team. The sooner we are involved in the construction process, the better. The production time of course depends on the number of units and the complexity of the design, but on average this takes 12 weeks. We install our modules on a maximum of 3 days in a living space. Preferably at the last possible moment in the construction process.

30% cheaper? How did you measure this? Does this apply to all building processes?

We have been testing the design of the SAM modules extensively with our partners over the past few months. In addition, we always arrived at a cost saving of 30%. This figure is the result of both direct and indirect savings, such as:

- Reducing the installation time (the production takes place largely in advance in an automated workshop).
- Reduction of error margins (in the traditional building methods, an estimated error margin of 10% is usually taken into account).
- And the fact that we are replacing interior walls with cabinets - a great added value for the end consumer.

How flexible is SAM? Do builders have to change the plans of their building project in order to use SAM?

SAM doesn't have a fixed design. It is a configurable system with no less than 18 flexible cabinet modules in which the utilities (heating, water, electricity, ventilation and home automation) are all integrated. Thanks to the modules, SAM can be easily adapted to the ideal layout of existing projects. It is of course better to involve SAM as early as possible in the realisation of the project.

Is there still room for creativity in the construction/design process?

There's still a lot of room for creativity with SAM. After all, SAM does not have a fixed design. It is a configurable system with no less than 18 flexible cabinet modules in which the utilities (heating, water, electricity, ventilation and home automation) are all integrated. Architects can use the Smart Adaptable Modules (SAM) to design a huge range of homes.

The implementation of SAM leads to more creative freedom of design. After all, there are more resources available for the structural construction or facade finishing because there is less budget to be made available for the interior layout and finishing of the house.

What finishes are possible for the cabinet modules?

The freedom to choose the finish of the cabinet modules is comparable to the classic furniture purchase. Of course, more exclusive materials and details also come with a higher price tag.

How qualitative is Sam? Is SAM as qualitative as other building methods?

The SAM modules are largely produced in an automated workshop. This means that we can produce the modules, including utilities, in the best possible conditions and have a great deal of control over their quality. On traditional building sites, the installation takes place in much less than perfect conditions. In traditional construction, building owners take into account an error rate of no less than 10%. The use of SAM drastically reduces this percentage.

How much does Sam cost?

The cost of SAM depends on several factors: size of the apartments, quantity of the order, selected equipment, method of finishing, etc... In general, SAM is 30% cheaper than traditional installation techniques.