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How do I get a building started with Zor?

Call us, we can step you through from the very beginning at defining your needs and matching your desires to your budget.

 

 

 



 

What sort of staff do you have?


We have a staff of around 50 full time workers including civil and structural engineers, architects, electrical engineers, drafters, site administrators, and supporting staff. We also have an on the job training program with apprentice carpenters, electricians, masons and air conditioning technicians.






 

Can Zor finance my building project?


No. We are a regular construction and engineering company, not a funding agency, so we cannot fund projects, lend money or build for free. However we are experienced in building for NGOs and other funding agencies and can help you meet the often stringent conditions they may impose.







 

How does your faith impact how do your work?


ZOR is run by Christians. We are serious about our faith and in honoring God in our lives. This means we endeavour not to pay or accept bribes. At all, we run our jobs with high ethical standards and maintain transparent accounting systems. We are truthful and frank with our clients and undertake our jobs in good faith. We seek to maintain a workplace where workers are treated fairly and honorably free from any harassment or discrimination. We can have Hindus, Muslims, Christians and others on staff working side by side as a team.


Is Zor Expensive?


Yes and No.

Yes.The price ZOR quotes for your construction project will likely be more than a quote from a builder from the local bazaar.  However our price will be realistic and include all that is necessary to complete the project to a quality standard.  What a local builder delivers will be very different and the final cost may still be much higher than their quotation (see below how are ZOR’s building different than others?)

We believe it is our duty to properly inform clients from the beginning what a building will cost and how long it will take.  This is in contrast to others who will understate the cost and time of a building with the intention of making up the difference later through variations and excuses.


No -Our buildings are built to high quality standards and will last a long time.  A normal building should last at least 50 years and up to 100 years, yet frequently buildings in Pakistan have deteriorated when they are as young as 15 years old.  When the cost of these premature repairs is factored in a ‘cheap building’ quality becomes an expensive one.  Over the life of building we believe ZOR provides some of the most cost-effective building around.


 

How are ZOR’s buildings different from others?


The design and drawing process.

We take time and care to do a thorough and proper design.  Quick, “back-of-the-envelope”, design leads to waste and danger.  In some areas of the building the structure will end up overstressed, in others the structure is too large, which creates unnecessary waste.  Our design and documentation process is typically around 3-6% of building cost.
 

We pay special attention to the foundations.

Poorly designed foundations or ones that are too small usually work for a while.  But up to a year or more later (when your contractor is long gone) parts of the building will sink causing cracks and other problems.  The movement can also break water pipes, jam doors and make plaster fall off the building.

We design for Earthquakes, Storms and high winds.

If you completely ignore the effects of an earthquake or high wind, you can build a cheaper building that will stay up –until the ground shakes and the monsoon arrives.  Building to resist an earthquake or storm is not simply a matter of guessing and making the building stronger.  There are specific ways in which an earthquake affects a building.  This varies according to the size and shape of the building, the materials used, and the ground it is resting on.  We understand these effects and design the building to withstand them.

We build good quality concrete.

The formwork (or shuttering) is the timber or steel plates that support the concrete while it is wet.  When formwork is not robust and properly aligned, it can leak when the concrete is poured. The slurry (cement and water) leaks out and leaves behind concrete with exposed crush and with a ‘honey comb’ appearance.  Even if you plaster over it, this is an area of weakness and where potentially moisture can penetrate and rust the reinforcing steel.

The steel needs to be in the correct location to get the required strength and for the building to last for a long time.

Laying good quality concrete is hard work.  It must be properly mixed, well laid, fully vibrated and well finished.  If any one of these things is not done properly the resultant mix is weak and/or highly porous.  Porous concrete lets in moisture and air, which causes the steel in the concrete to rust.

We pay special attention to water proofing.


Keeping water out of the building is about more than just keeping you dry.  Water in the structure causes reinforcing steel to rust, paint to blister, plaster to peel off and concrete to spall.  Cheap and poorly laid waterproofing will drastically shorten the life of the building.  Water in the building is the primary cause of early building deterioration.

We promote the use of quality water pipes.

High and low quality water pipes look similar from the outside but they are not created equal.  Low quality pipes can start steel corroding and leaking in just a few years.  When they leak, water enters the structure and causes all the damage described above.  Special types of plastic pipes are the ones we recommend using.