7 incredible benefits of modular construction
When self-erecting tower cranes and luffing jib cranes take over a city’s skyline, a housing boom is often underway.
A recent United Nations report estimates that by 2050, the world population is expected to reach 9.8 billion. This population growth will result in a greater acceleration of urbanization and the mass movement of people to cities.
As most of the world’s population shifts from rural areas to more urbanized areas, greater demand for housing will occur. The housing market and in particular the construction industry, realizes this demand and has adapted with the introduction of modular construction.
What is modular construction?
Modular or prefabricated construction is a construction term to describe the process of using factory-produced pre-engineered building units. These modules are then delivered onsite to be assembled as substantial elements of a home or a building.
When these pre-assembled components get transported to a low rise building site, self-erecting tower cranes are used to lift these modules into place. This building process is not only economical, but new homes are also built effectively and without compromise.
So beyond economics, why build modular? Let’s look at the key benefits that prefabricated construction brings to real estate markets across the globe.
1. Speed to completion
Unlike traditional building construction, modular construction allows substantial building components to be built off-site while the site’s foundations are being prepared. This “smarter” way to build means a building construction project can sometimes be finished in half the time.
In real estate, where “time is money”, modular construction represents new housing opportunities that are quicker to market.
2. Minimal construction impact
As the majority of modular construction occurs off-site, minimal impact and disruption occur. Off-site construction means residential properties are relatively undisturbed, as are local businesses. Having a controlled construction environment also reduces the risk of accidents and work-related injuries.
3. High-performance buildings
Modular components can be built and fabricated from a variety of materials. The age of automation means contracting companies can create a modern modular building that is designed for any climate. They can also be built for any terrain without compromising comfort and energy efficiency.
4. Environmental friendly approach
Modular buildings are not only time efficient, but they’re also kind to the environment. Building materials used in modular construction are reusable. This saves resources and reduces construction waste.
The sustainable process of constructing modules for modular buildings results in very little construction waste and effectively uses effort and energy. For generation cohorts like millennials who are more environmentally conscious, modular construction sends a very clear, eco-friendly message.
5. Built to code
Because modular construction is well engineered and uses high quality, environmentally-friendly materials, modular buildings not only comply with building codes and standards like traditionally built homes, they also exceed them too.
As modular construction is done in sections, structural inspections can be carried out throughout the whole fabrication process and the assembly process on-site. This ensures that structural integrity is never a concern.
6. Attractive designs
Gone are the days when modular buildings were built with stacked shipping containers. Modern modular designs are attractive and can be constructed to meet any design specification. Innovations in technology mean modular designs don’t sacrifice aesthetics for functionality.
Customization with modular construction is near limitless. From exterior finishes to energy efficiency packages and technological updates, modular buildings can be created to any architectural design. And all of this can be done at around half the cost of traditional construction.
7. Long life expectancy
Modular construction represents two industry segments; temporary modular and permanent modular. While temporary modular construction has a limited lifespan, permanent modular buildings have the structural longevity of traditional building construction.
Like traditional construction, several factors will determine modular longevity. These factors include quality of materials, proper foundation design and construction, whether the building’s range of load is correctly anticipated, and whether the building is properly maintained.
Unlike traditional construction though, permanent modular construction can be more easily remodeled and updated as necessary.
Modular is the right choice
Modular building approaches are fast becoming the construction of choice in many real estate markets around the world. As the housing market maintains a strong demand, modular construction will play a more important role in years to come.
About the author
Hermann Buchberger is the Founder and CEO of Active Crane Hire (ACH). He’s taken the company from start-up to Industry Leader offering the largest fleet of construction cranes in Australia. ACH launched a new type of crane previously unheard of in the Australian market: electric tower cranes. The company’s infrastructure and associated services now comprise a fleet of trucks and trailers, a crane-rigging team, mobile crane technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane spare parts.