From in-plant modular offices to warehouse partitioning systems to modular homes, methods of modular construction have been on the rise in recent years. In fact, more than seventy five percent – three fourths – of all architects currently working in the United States have used modular building techniques on at least one project, and nearly eighty five percent of all contractors throughout the country have. On top of this, even more engineers have seen the benefits of modular building methods, with up to ninety percent of all licensed and skilled engineers choosing to use modular construction – if only just partially.
And it’s really no surprise. After all, modular construction has many viable applications. For instance, in-plant modular offices are incredibly common all throughout the United States, as in-plant modular offices provide prefabricated office spaces that are not only serviceable but comfortable as well. But in-plant modular offices are far from the only way that modular construction can be used.
In fact, modular homes are growing more and more common with each and every year, especially here in the United States. Modular homes provide an accessible home buying opportunity for many of those who not otherwise be able to afford a home. This provides an important service to many here in the United States, and can help – at least in some small ways – to provide many of the struggling population with a place to call their own.
Aside from sheer versatility, from in-plant modular offices to modular homes, there are even more benefits to methods of modular construction. For one, it’s incredibly fast. This is directly linked to the fact that most modular buildings are primarily constructed in a factory setting, with only about ten percent of all of the work that goes into building them happening at the actual construction site.
While it will usually take just a couple of weeks to construct a modular building on a much smaller scale, much larger modular buildings can also be safely and accurately constructed. This was recently seen in China, where a modular building that rose up fifty seven stories was completed. This building, thanks to using modular construction methods, took a mere nineteen days to fully construct from start to finish.
Modular construction is also incredibly cost effective, something that is directly impactful in keeping the housing costs on modular homes at affordable rates. And the money that is saved in the process of modular construction – especially in comparison to traditional methods of modular construction – is nothing short of awe inspiring. Be it the construction of modular homes or of in-plant modular offices or other such prefabricated offices, modular construction knows how to cut costs without cutting quality.
And the data that has been gathered around this subject more than backs it up, showing that construction costs can be reduced by as much as twenty percent when primarily modular methods of construction are used. And even when not quite as much money has been saved, it is still likely that the savings are considerable. At the very lowest, modular methods of construction are expected to save at least nine percent off of the total cost.
Of course, we can’t forget about the fact that modular methods of construction save a truly impressive amount of waste. After all, the growing waste problem in the United States is only compounding with the years that pass us by, and doing anything we can to reduce this waste is hugely important. Methods of modular construction provide just a way in which to do this, as it has been found that modular construction methods reduce the waste found at the typical construction site by as much as ninety percent, as many of the materials that are used at the typical construction site like wood, mortar, bricks, and shrink wrap (among many others) are simply not used at all in the process of modular construction. Or, if they are, they are used quite sparingly.
Modular construction, from the building of in-plant modular offices to the building of modular homes, is the way of the future.