Modular houses are in no way comparable to the trailer park trailers or shabby temporary shacks which come to mind when someone starts to talk about modular buildings. Modular construction is following the same standards as on-site construction and due to regular tests in the factory the buildings are usually made even better than buildings built on site.
Why is modular construction gaining so much traction?
The more precise question would be, why is modular construction gaining more and more traction right now. Modular construction has been known and used efficiently and profitably for decades. But game-changing shifts in conservative fields such as construction don’t come along too often. What has caused the sudden growth in popularity for modular construction?
The technological revolution
Firstly the increasing use of digital modeling paired with new manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing have broadened the eyesight of people – we are using more and more robots and CNC-controlled technologies in manufacturing everything from cars to furniture. This shift is making its way into construction and the most effective application for these technologies is naturally modular construction.
Decrease of skilled workforce
Secondly modular construction relieves the issue of labor. During and after the recession, the construction capacity was pretty much destroyed – thousands of construction workers were suddenly out of work. Many of the former skilled craftsmen, site superintendents and construction workers found new professions or retired altogether. When the construction market started rising again there was an immediate shortage of skilled workforce because the new generations opt for other professions – which means there are not enough pairs of hands to construct buildings on site.
The perfect combination for growth
The combination of new technological possibilities, shifts in the economy, loss of skilled workforce in the industry and the increased cost of skilled trades have made the rapid growth of modular construction all but inevitable. When we add the increased quality standards, the demands of the clients and the desire for quicker ROI, then we find out, that modular construction ticks all the boxes.