8 Things to Know About Modular Construction
Modular construction is becoming one of the hottest trends in construction and design. We've created a list of the top eight things you should know about the latest architectural style.
Modular construction is becoming more and more prevalent in the world of construction and design. With the prospect of 3D printing becoming a reality, you can't afford to ignore modular structures.
We've created a list of the top 8 you should know about the latest architectural trend that might disrupt the whole industry.
Modular Construction 101
So, what is modular construction? The Modular Building Institute (MBI), defines modular construction. " It is a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designed to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities."
Modular buildings are first designed wholly in 3D architecture models and constructed in individual sections, also known as modules. The finished modules are transported and assembled where desired while maintaining the same quality as conventional construction.
Moreover, since the modules are built in a controlled environment, there are several other benefits, as we will see below.
1) Flexible and Customizable
One of the main advantages of modular building is greater flexibility. Your modular units can be assembled and reassembled in any configuration you like, giving you limitless design opportunities.
You can adjust the design of a property according to specific needs. For example, a buyer might want his new home to have a kitchen facing west. With modular construction, this becomes as simple as reattaching the kitchen module at the west end of the property.
Modular units can be designed to fit on any existing building and blend in style. You can attach new units on existing properties and the final result will be indistinguishable.
2) Energy Efficient and Eco-Friendly
Building the modules off-site results in higher energy efficiency and less material waste. Building materials are recycled and the entire building process is controlled from start to finish.
Moreover, modules are built separately in a factory setting. This means there are less foreign materials and less moisture in each room as they are delivered.
The cost of HVAC in modular homes is also lower. Modules are built with robust insulation in controlled environments, ensuring optimal energy efficiency.
3) Faster Construction and Installation
Modular buildings can be constructed during the time it takes your team to prepare the site and lay down the foundations. This can lead to faster construction schedules with higher efficiency.
Since construction takes place mostly indoors, there is no risk of weather-related delays. Modules are built and delivered faster, without uncontrollable time problems.
Installation is also fast. With all the modules ready, a competent crew can complete the installation of a modular building in a matter of days. A larger and more complex structures take more time. Smaller buildings can be built within hours from module delivery.
Modular building time can be almost 50% faster compared to conventional construction.
Modular buildings are constructed with the same materials and under the same architectural specifications as conventional buildings. This makes them at least as safe as site-built constructions.
During the actual construction process, the risk of accidents and building-related liabilities is a lot lower. This is because the modules are built in an indoor construction environment.
Modules are built sturdy enough to be transported from the site they are built to their final location. This means they have to be durable and able to withstand a great deal of abuse. Modules are often somewhat lighter than site-built buildings, This makes them safer against earthquakes and other structural threats.
Modular buildings are relocatable. As a real estate agent, this is important news. You can partially or even completely move a building to a new site. This opens up brilliant opportunities for flipping, as well as general real estate development.
Relocatable modules are designed to be reusable and repurposable again and again. The same module that is used for a residential site can be reused for a number of other purposes. These include: ground offices, schools, clinics, retail stores and many other types of commercial sites.
The regulatory compliance of modular construction is lax. This allows you a lot of flexibility when it comes to relocating and repurposing modules.
7) Flexible Financing
Modular buildings offer both real estate firms and homeowners a wealth of financing options. Besides all the conventional financing methods, you can also finance a modular home on a per-module basis. This gives its construction a longer timeframe.
Lenders now treat modular sites exactly like conventional construction sites in terms of appraisals and mortgages.
8) Guaranteed Quality
Finally, modular construction guarantees a high standard of building quality. Modular buildings are constructed according to the same regulations and building standards as site-built buildings.
The materials used passes through strict quality controls at the construction site. This guarantees a high standard of construction throughout each module. This applies to steel, concrete and wooden modules.
Since modular building is a new innovation, manufacturers strive to prove the quality and cost-effectiveness of their modules. This ensures top-tier service and timely delivery, in addition to superior building quality.
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