Modular construction has proven to be one of the most economical and environmentally friendly methods of construction. It’s growing in popularity for construction firms across the world.
Modular construction can cut construction time down significantly, amid many other benefits. As an expert in a variety of construction methodologies, the team at Focus has benefited substantially from similar models like prefabricated construction. Here we’ll discuss a few significant benefits of modular construction:
Within modular construction, the building and structure is entirely constructed off-site. This process uses the same materials and building codes as traditional construction, except it is built in a controlled environment. Within this process, buildings are created in modules and then constructed together onsite.
Modular Construction vs. Prefabricated Construction
Modular and prefab construction are often confused with one another. But modular construction is actually a form of prefabricated construction. Modular construction is beneficial for other forms of construction, such as prefab and traditional construction. This is because it accelerates the timeline of construction tremendously.
For example, Focus utilized prefabricated construction throughout the Kelmscott Park project. Framings for the buildings were constructed off-site. They were then delivered onsite, where teams would put together large sections of the framing.
Modular construction holds many advantages for construction companies. Here are the most common benefits this methodology can bring to construction companies:
Accelerated Build Timeline
Modular construction can be completed up to 30-50% quicker than traditional means. The process can take place at the same time as the foundation work, therefore, speeding up the entire process.
Since the construction takes place in a controlled environment, there are no weather delays. This environment also creates the ability to use repetitive techniques and better equipment that leads to faster build.
In terms of traditional construction methodologies, incorporating modular construction elements can help avoid miscellaneous delays seen in conventional onsite construction. Incorporating modular elements also helps avoid inevitable weather delays.
Modular construction is an eco-friendly solution as it uses less energy due to repetitive manufacturing process. Waste is often re-used for other projects, and many projects are built with sustainable materials.
When it comes to traditional construction, the average commercial construction project creates 3.9 pounds of waste per square foot of building area. A 50,000 square foot commercial building will produce almost 100 tons of waste. Modular construction helps significantly cut down on this waste when components are incorporated into a traditional construction project.
Shorter construction time means an overall less expensive project and reduced labor costs. The precise use of materials will also create less waste.
For traditional construction, costs are easier to predict. Fewer materials and packages need to be purchased. The overall repetitive nature of modular construction can be an extreme cost benefit for traditional construction projects.
Module construction holds many benefits for prefabricated, design-build, and traditional construction. It can save your construction company time and money while reducing waste.