What is modular construction? We’ve seen the term being thrown around lately, so what is it and why are those in commercial real estate crazy about this latest trend?
Modular construction is the processes in which the construction of a building is done off-site under more controlled conditions, typically in a plant using all the same materials and codes required of other construction jobs. Modular construction gets its name from the buildings being produced in “modules”.
There are a number of benefits that come along with modular construction, which is why many developers and investors are turning to this eco-friendly and efficient building method. We’ll take a look at all the ways modular construction is changing the way developers in CRE build.
Not only does modular construction allow developers the ability to create sophisticated buildings under controlled settings, but the processes also helps reduce the time needed to complete these projects and help the environment while they’re at it.
The factory setting in which modular buildings are made in are controlled, allowing for fewer site disturbances and overall less generation of waste. Building in this type of setting as opposed to onsite, eliminates waste by reusing disassembled modules and refurbishing them to help cut back on the need for raw materials and minimizing the amount of energy created to manufacture new materials. In addition to cutting back on waste produced, the process in which modular construction is done, helps improve air quality because these buildings are being built in controlled settings using dry materials, eliminating the chance of any moisture being trapped.
The construction of modular buildings actually takes less time than is typically expected with onsite construction because of the settings the construction takes place in are so controlled, there hardly is any room for error. Onsite construction comes with its own set of risk in terms of time spent; weather conditions can be unpredictable and scheduling can change, causing major setbacks in construction and accumulation in expenses. With modular construction, everything in terms of time, material, scheduling, etc., is set in stone, there are no unexpected setbacks that could occur. Because construction of modular buildings can happen simultaneously, buildings are actually completed 30% to 50% sooner.
Now you may be concerned about the safety of modular construction, but rest assured. Modular construction follows all rules and regulations of your typical onsite construction, it’s just that modular construction is more efficient. If anything, modular buildings are stronger than onsite-built buildings because each module is built and engineered to withstand the stress and impact of transportation and actual usage. Building in this manner ensures better construction and quality management with strict QA/QC programs with inspections and testing protocols.
Modular construction offers architects, developers, and investors the ability to create and develop projects that are sophisticated and incredibly built. To learn more about modular construction visit, http://www.modular.org/.