It’s no secret that construction is rapidly evolving, with cost considerations and efficiency now of greater importance than ever before. This shift has encouraged managers on both small and large projects to consider a range of different delivery methods.
While a lot of research and effort is going into revolutionary new technologies such as AI and robotics, we are also seeing a resurgence in more established techniques. One such practice that is growing in prominence globally is modular construction.
Our latest blog post covers the rise of prefabrication, and explains why the technique of assembling structural components offsite for easy onsite installation is back in vogue.
A Cost-Effective and Flexible Option
Modular construction, also known as prefabrication, allows for units or modules to be built in a controlled factory environment. There are a variety of advantages to this tactic, most notably with regard to quality and inventory control. Onsite construction can be unpredictable by nature, but modular construction allows for tighter tolerances. Weather and other site conditions are not so much of a concern, while material problems such as lumber warp are less likely to come about.
Faster build times are also possible using modular techniques, as workers will have consistent access to the right equipment and fewer unforeseen setbacks in their controlled environments. With reduced build times theoretically possible, project managers can effectively reduce their labor costs with intelligent planning.
There are even benefits from an environmental perspective. Waste generated during modular construction is often recycled for use in other projects, while the ‘assembly line’ nature of construction means that wasteful mistakes are less likely to occur.
A Growing Market
Globally, the modular market is predicted to grow significantly in coming years. Europe is regarded as a forerunner for the technique, with more than two thirds of all Swedish construction coming from prefabricated modular housing projects at the moment.
Modular construction has a wide scope as well, with everything from interior walls to complete kitchen units able to be created in a factory and delivered onsite for simple installation. Given this potential, the practice is not just limited to major developments like apartment construction.
All of this isn’t to say that traditional construction methods will fall by the wayside. Onsite construction methods will remain relevant for many years to come, but it’s vital that professionals keep searching for the most efficient techniques. It might be that other established methods rise in popularity once more in a changing landscape.
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