Modular construction, whether for housing or large scale construction projects, is both a time-saving and a cost-saving construction process. But exactly how does it save time and money, and how can that be reflected in the construction plan? Continue reading to learn more about the time and cost efficiencies of modular construction.
How Modular Construction Works
Modular construction is a process, not a product. The process for the construction of a modular building or structure begins off-site, where the majority of the construction is done in controlled conditions on (what can only be described as) an assembly-line. These modular units are put together on-site and form one component. Modular units are constructed with the same codes and standards as traditionally built structures.
However, unlike traditional production, modular construction is a much more streamlined process that's faster, often saving up to 50% of the time when compared to on-site construction. After the units are constructed off-site, all that's left is putting the modules in place on-site, which is a much faster project since most of the actual construction has been done off-site—all that’s left is setting and securing the modules to form a structure.
The Benefits of Modular Construction
Fast Building Process
As stated, modular projects can be up to twice as fast as traditional construction projects, meaning that the time it takes to build a modular building can cut the amount of time it would take with traditional methods in half.
By picking the modular process, traditional construction processes like site foundation work can occur at the same time as the modular units are being constructed in-factory.
As I said, modular construction takes place off-site. Modular units are stacked much like lego blocks to form one whole unit or building. Modular construction is great for schools, hospitals, apartments, condos, and businesses.
The benefits of off-site construction are impactful, allowing work to be done in a controlled environment means fewer headaches and more efficiency with reduced on-site labor.
Since modular construction is performed in controlled conditions, much of the labor comes from factory workers who can produce more than on-site construction crews and tradesmen, at a lower cost. This efficiency and labor cost savings can save money on the project, as a whole.
Little to No Impact on Current Business
Modular construction can have a minimal impact on your current business by greatly reducing the footprint of the construction site. If you are expanding on-property and don’t want a mess preventing customers from finding you, modular construction is the way to go.
In fact, modular construction removes about 80% of construction activity from the site. So if you're expanding your business, you don't have to be concerned about construction negatively impacting your place of work.
High-Quality Materials Means Durable Structure
With indoor construction, safety and quality are guaranteed. Building materials are safe, away from moisture or the elements—meaning that the materials are at their peak quality.
Modular buildings are also constructed with some of the most structurally resilient materials available to make sure that the modular structure is made to last. Some leading commercial modular manufacturers use structural steel (as opposed to cold-formed steel) which allows them to build taller and stronger projects.
Smaller Environmental Footprint
When it comes to the environment, construction can easily have a large impact. It’s not just the materials that are used that have an effect on the environment, but the process used to build the structure. With modular construction, you can drastically decrease the environmental impact construction has on the environment. In the UK, energy usage on building sites equals 33% of total emissions in the construction industry. With the reduction of construction time and material waste, those numbers are cut in half.
Cost Efficiency for Modular Construction
Modular construction can save money in a variety of areas, including the following:
Reduced on-site labor
Costs are more predictable
Reduced material waste
Construction schedules are shorter
Less site disruption
Controlled conditions, reduced labor costs, and shortened construction schedules—these are some of the reasons why there’s a growing interest in modular construction. Modular construction is a time-saving and cost-saving construction process, cutting costs across the board.
The modular process is an innovative and efficient way to save money on your next construction project. Using a modular builder will help you make the most of your investment.
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