When buildings are prefabricated away from the site where they are supposed to be placed, this process is called “off-site” modular construction, and it is quickly gaining popularity.
There are numerous benefits to constructing any type of building- residence, office, warehouse, etc.- away from the site. This allows for stricter control over working conditions, ensures safety codes can be easily practiced and provides the same opportunity for high quality work as any other form of building construction.
Variety in Modular Buildings
Most modular buildings are created in factories. Once they are completed, they are hauled to their intended sites to be put together. When modular construction first became a viable construction method, it was only used to create temporary buildings, but as technology has improved over time, more complex and permanent structures are able to be built using this process. Current constructs made with this method include houses, hospitals, office buildings and apartments.
Contractors are becoming more interested in this construction method all the time, as evidenced by the Modular Construction and Prefabrication Summit that is hosted annually. This summit brings in businesses from all around the world to Australia to keep top contractors and businesses up to date on changes in the industry.
What benefits do modular buildings offer?
There are several benefits that modular buildings offer over more conventional building methods. Here are some of the foremost benefits as compiled by the Modular Building Institute:
Increased Building Speed– Most of the time, modular buildings are completed 30-50% faster than comparable buildings crafted through traditional construction methods. By creating the building inside a warehouse or factory, the weather conditions can be less of a problem and the building site can be prepped while the building is being put together.
Cost-Effective– Modular buildings also cost less than traditionally built constructs. No concessions have to be made in order to save money, and buyers get to choose their modular building from a variety of available models in order to suit their budget.
On-the-Fly Changes– Because modular building are assembled off site, it is easier to add extensions and make changes to them while they are still being constructed. They are incredibly adaptable and easily customizable. Building off site makes it simpler to modify parts that are in hard-to-reach areas.
Integrity– Modular buildings are made of the same materials as conventional constructs, but they can be stronger because each piece is strengthened on its own, creating a more durable whole.
Quality Is Easier to Maintain– The controlled environment of the factory means that every aspect of the building is easy to control, with little effort needed to be expended to protect the building from the elements while it is in the delicate stages of development.
Fewer Construction Hazards– About four fifths of the works will be completed away from the intended site, which means that workers can be kept safe in a controlled environment and there are fewer safety and traffic problems to contend with.
Sustainable– By building constructs modularly, the environmental impact of construction is decreased, allowing for more sustainable work and the reuse of more recycled materials.