Modular construction is a smart way to build large projects. Hotels, apartment complexes, schools, dormitories – almost no building is too big or too complicated. It’s a clever construction method that is eco-friendly and energy-efficient — long gone are the days when modular construction meant cutting corners and was considered a temporary cut-price solution. Nowadays, it’s a whole different story.
Modular construction business is booming!
Over the course of the last five years, modular construction business in the US has doubled in size to become an $8 billion industry. The increase is predicted in the healthcare, industrial, education and multifamily sectors. Modular construction is considered the fastest, safest, most efficient, eco-friendliest and highest-quality building methodology. It’s an easier and faster way for revenue-earning buildings – the sooner the owner can start collecting rent, the better.
Quality does not suffer from speed
Modular buildings are constructed in a factory, which makes the building process easier and quicker – houses can be built in a matter of weeks, instead of months -, because there are no weather delays. Just because this construction method is faster than construction on site doesn’t mean it’s lower in quality. About 15-20% less framing material goes into site-built homes compared to similar modular building, because modular buildings are designed to withstand transportation to the building site. But this also means that modular buildings are built to last.
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All modular buildings don’t look the same
Popular opinion is that all the modular buildings look the same, but it’s not true at all.
Modular buildings can differ in shapes and sizes. They have endless design options, customizable to your taste and needs. They can be found in modern, contemporary or even vintage style.
Modular construction enables to create any structure, from a small house to a multimillion residential building. Besides houses, there are hospitals, apartment complexes, hotels, schools and even skyscrapers that are constructed of prefab modules.
Prefab construction advantages over built on-site construction
A common misconception is that modular constructions aren’t structurally sound. But as mentioned above, modular buildings need to withstand transportation to the building site. Depending on the location, they are designed to survive in extreme weather conditions such as severe storms and need to be able to carry heavy snow loads.
According to FEMA (The Federal Emergency Management Agency), modular buildings fared better in Hurricane Andrew in Florida (2012) compared to other construction. Modular homes are considered more resilient and sturdier residential construction than site-built homes.
Quality with savings
Typically prefab buildings can save money. As the construction time is shorter, the building can be completed in a matter of weeks, instead of months. For example, while building a hotel or an apartment complex, time is crucial. The faster the buildings are ready to accommodate, the faster you can start making money.
All inspections are performed according to quality protocols by manufacturing inspectors and if needed, by a third party inspector to make sure that everything leaving the factory is up to the standard. Modular buildings are usually much more energy-efficient, reducing monthly expenses.