When it comes to modular buildings, you can always expect them to be built almost finished inside a factory and then be arriving on the site of construction about 90-95% complete. The roofing, framing, sidings, windows, doors, insulation, interior, plumbing, and electrical finishes are all done inside the secure premises of a factory. After that, the modules will then be shipped to the site of construction where they must be finished with some paint, interior amenities, appliances, and carpet.
What are the benefits of modular buildings?
• Short construction time: Compared with traditional methods of construction, modular buildings take 50-60% less time to finish.
• Safer construction: Modular construction is done in a well-controlled and reliable facility and not on the site of the construction that is why it is safer over the more traditional methods of construction.
• Environmentally friendly: The installation is less disruptive at the same time efficient factory production methods are less wasteful.
• Decreased labor needs: The finishing and erection teams only need fewer workers in comparison to traditional construction methods.
• Flexibility: Modular buildings can easily be assembled and reassembled and then be transferred to a new location for use.
• Adaptability: These buildings are designed in a way where the contractors can easily add or remove modules as per the client’s requirements.
What are the different kinds of modular construction?
When it comes to modular construction, there are basically two major kinds. You have the permanent modular construction and the relocatable modular construction. Both of these kinds or methods have their own pros and cons.
• Permanent construction: For this kind of modular construction, the performance is done more or less half the time of a typical construction project. Even so, the life cycle for this kind of construction is more or less the same with that of the conventional type. The design considerations, however, become much higher for this construction.
• Relocatable construction: The real estate market gets a lot of relief in terms of their space needs as the time for the project to be finished is very less. This construction, however, has only a life cycle of between one and seven years. Such construction is usually intended for speed and low-cost production purposes.
According to recent statistics, the modular construction market currently has a high growth rate. Though this market has already existed in the past twenty-five years, it is still in its early stages of development. More countries are, however, starting to adapt this particular construction type. There are certain countries that have decided to build this type of homes in about 50 million of their homes. There are even some countries that are planning to include this type of construction on both their industrial and their residential sectors.
The only down side to modular construction will have to be the fact that it requires higher costs for its logistics and transportation. Studies have proven that shipping of modules can be costly if they have to travel more than 150-200 miles from the factory to the construction site. However, it is a cost-effective choice if the distance between the factory and the site is just 125 miles maximum.