Frequently asked questions
Permits, Regulatory & Compliance
What is a 'tranportable' building?
Transportable buildings are pre-fabricated buildings delivered on site by truck. Usually they are delivered complete but they can also be in sections, and do not require any further fitting out. They comply with the definition of a temporary building (outlined earlier) and do not require a building permit.
What is a 'temporary' building?
A temporary building is one that:
What is a building permit and do I need one?
Building permits relate to the method of construction of a building or development.
What is a planning permit and do I need one?
Can Livin Modular arrange a planning permit / building permit on my behalf?
Yes. We manage both these processes on behalf of our clients when requested and a quotation to obtain these permits can be provided at the Preliminary price stage. Please advise us of you require this service.
Can I build a Livin Modular home using my existing planning permit?
Yes, however in most cases a planning permit amendment will be required. This ordinarily takes a relatively short time to be approved once submitted with your local council. Livin Modular can arrange a planning permit amendment on your behalf as an additional service.
Do you have standard designs to select from?
Yes. We have a catalogue of designs and projects that we are regularly updating and adding too. Please contact us for further information.
Can you create a custom building design for me?
Livin Modular works in collaboration with some wonderful architects who are highly experienced in modular design. If you are seeking a custom design, we can arrange for them to contact you to give you a quote for their services.
Can I change the floorplan of one your standard designs?
Yes, if you only wish to alter the room configurations, but not the footprint of the building. If the standard floor plans don't meet your living requirements or you wish to delete or add further mdoules, we can refer you to architects we collaborate with to design a bespoke home utilising a range of modules.
What are the standard module sizes?
There are two module sizes:
How long will it take for my building to be ready for transport?
The design stage of your project is usually a more lengthy process than the manufacturing stage. This will depend on your specific living and aesthetic requirements, whether you are building a custom design or using one of our standard designs and which regulatory and planning requirements are required by your local council.
Generally however, Livin Modular will only require 4 weeks to manufacture the concrete modules from the design stage for a typical residential home. Onsite building once the concrete modules are delivered will depend on the complexity of your design and who is building the home for you.
Can modules be installed on a sloping site?
Yes, as long as the site can be accessed with trucks and a crane, modules can be installed on all types of gradients.
How is Livin Modular different to other prefabricated modular systems?
Modular homes are houses built off-site, usually in a manufacturing type facility. Each prefabricated system is slightly different from the other. Some are made in sections that are later assembled onsite, some are complete boxes made from steel or timber and some are made from traditional materials using new technologies to speed up the construction process. Livin Modular is the only prefabricated system that is a complete four wall and ceiling box made from concrete with no joins in the elements. This makes our system not only unique, but also extremely durable and structurally superior over time. Additionally, the nature of concrete enables superior energy efficiency and resilence to natural disasters.
Does Livin Modular do commercial projects?
Yes! We have used the modules for many commercial projects including multi storey apartment complexes, student accomodation, prisons and aged care facilities. In fact, the gains in using modular technology improve with the size of the project.
Can I arrange my own transport and delivery?
Each module weigh approximately three tonne. Due to the inherent risk in handling items which such weight, Livin Modular needds to be transported and installed by qualified professionals with experience.
Do I need a permit for road transport?
No. The modules have been specifically designed to be within the minimum requirements for safe road transport throughout Australia and do not require an 'oversize'escort.
How are the modules secured for transport?
Chains are generally used to secure the loads either over the top or to specifically designed anchor points cast in to the underside of the units. This transport method generally has to be decided prior to manufacture so that relevant cast in points can be catered for.
Do you arrange the transport and installation?
Yes, transport and installation is part of our cost and will be identified to you as a seperate line on the quote.
How are the modules lifted into position?
The manufactured units are very stable rectangular structures with a centre of gravity just over half way up their height. This is affected by the amount and configuration of openings for doors and windows etc.. Each unit during the shop drawing phase has it’s own specific Centre of Gravity calculated and located on the shop drawing so that the lifting points can be positioned to ensure that the modules lift level from the mould and are easy to install.
How long does transport and installation take?
Depending on your location in Australia, transport from our manufacturing facility to your site and installation will all be completed within one day.
I have a design already. Can I get a cost estimate to build my project with the Livin Modular system?
Yes! Before we do that for you, we need to understand what your expectations and constraints are. Do you have adequate access for us to install? Do you have a budget? Do you want us to build or do you have your own builder? Please provide us as much detail as possible so that we can qualify quickly whether we can or cannot assist you.
How much does it cost to build a Livin Modular home?
It is extremely difficult to provide accurate costings without knowing the details of specific projects. Each project will vary depending on the site conditions, location, size of project, number of modules, specification and individual requirements. As a broad based approximate, building with modules is comparable in cost to traditional building and for smaller projects, slightly more expensive. However if you factor in Energy efficiency, durability, speed of manufacture and construction, as well as overall life cost of the building, the modular building over the long term has a lower cost. It is therefore diffcult to compare “like for like” as the type of construction is completely different.
I'm a builder. Can I just buy the modules only?
Absolutely! Please contact us for pricing.
How much does it cost to run a Livin Modular home?
The superior energy efficiency of our homes means heating and cooling costs can be reduced by up to 80%.
Are there any government grants available to contribute to the build cost?
Yes, there are a number of government initiatives currently available to contribute to the build cost.
What does a a supply only price include?