Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What makes commercial offsite modular so popular?

Commercial offsite modular construction is booming. Everything from high-rise apartments, dormitories, hotels, hospitals and retail done in modules is capturing the eye of both developers and investors. While modular used to suffer from a bit of an image problem, today contractors, architects and engineers are specifying offsite prefabrication and modular building methods for their new projects.

In recent years the main stream media has been picking up on all this modular produced building and calling it the best thing to ever happen to construction. Little do most of them know that real modular construction has been with us for more than 60 years and has been evolving into what we see today.

As more commercial projects turn to modular we will see advances coming at us faster and with even more cost and time savings as well as automation to meet the rapidly growing demand for volumetric construction.


So just what is making offsite modular so popular with developers and investors?

1. A shorter build time – With modular construction, the foundation and the building can be built at the same time. Factory-based prefabrication also speeds up the process, giving modular construction an average 10 to 20 percent time savings over traditional construction. That’s just the average.

2. A quicker return on investment – A tighter turn-around means more money, sooner. Because modular construction takes less time, developers can rent out the units and generate income much quicker, and the carrying costs are lower.

3. Increased cost-savings – Modular construction can cut costs by 10-20 percent. A shorter build time saves money on overall construction. Labor costs are less, as modular construction uses more factory workers and less individual tradesmen like plumbers and electricians.

4. No weather-related construction issues – Construction crews work inside, enabling them to work year-round, no matter the weather. Building materials stay cleaner indoors, where they’re also protected from the elements.

5. A solution for difficult sites – Modular’s indoor construction and quick onsite erection make it a great choice for projects in harsh climates and hard-to-get-to sites.

6. Limited site disruption – The same factors that make modular work well for difficult environments can also be assets when constructing projects on sites where it’s important to keep business or activity flowing.

7. Less pollution – Since most materials are delivered to the factory, modular construction means fewer trucks at the project site. Fewer vehicles mean less air and noise pollution.

8. Less waste – Off-site modular manufacturing can reduce waste and make it simpler to use lean manufacturing methods and environmental principles during construction. Not only that, but modular construction materials—all of them, from packaging to steel—are easier to recycle, since they haven’t been exposed to the elements.

9. Easier quality control – The modular method of “in-house” design and production helps designers, engineers and builders spot problems early on.

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