Building Trend Moves Towards Modular Construction
The Modular Construction Trend continues to increase in popularity for many construction professionals. It involves building important sections of a structure off-site, usually in a factory-style setting, then assembling those pre-made “modules” on site to create a fully functional structure.
There are several benefits of modular construction for both client and contractor, including:
Increased availability: Construction companies are increasingly turning to the modular construction trend for some part of their projects. Some 35 percent of construction companies are incorporating prefabrication into building design, according to information from the management construction firm FMI, cited by reporter Adam Groff on the Construction Global website. FMI also noted 40 percent of firms are using prefabrication and expected to use it more in the future. Cost savings: Prefabrication can reduce the cost of a construction project by a significant amount. Since the prefabrication process is less wasteful, material costs are lower. Quicker build times mean reduced labor costs and fewer cost and schedule overruns. Better quality control: The factory-based process for building prefabricated segments of a structure provides for high levels of quality control. Since all construction is carefully planned and executed, there are no last-minute problems or conflicts that mean costly delays or revisions of building plans. Building materials and projects are protected from the elements, eliminating potential damage from rain, ice, or sunlight. Faster completion: A modular project can be completed much faster and with greater efficiency than a project pieced together on site. Instead of putting together hundreds or thousands of individual pieces, assembling a modular project requires connecting only a few large-scale components. Environmental friendliness: Modular construction can be better for the environment since the process requires less waste of material and less consumption of energy. Less fuel is needed for moving equipment and materials, which means there is less pollution produced on the construction site. Modular processes support recycling of materials for other projects.
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