Modular construction offers a compelling opportunity because;
- The building or structural design and manufacturing is simplified and standardized which helps to overcome the current and future skills shortages.
- The assembly and installation is both rapid and is a much safer approach because there are less manual tasks and construction workers will have a much small bill of materials.
- Flexible building use becomes the norm and includes homes, offices, educational establishments and medical centers all deliverable from the same modular units.
- Disassembly and relocation of the modular units is also rapid if needed
The approach offers a significant cost and speed reduction compared to traditional construction methods. For example a total construction lead time of 12 months can be reduced to just 12 weeks or even less.
Modular construction also allows for a rethinking of materials selections decisions which permits an increased use of more resilient materials whilst offering a significant reduction in both life cycle costs and life cycle emissions.
Article by Team Stainless