Prefabricated construction, using prefabricated parts, like steel frames and concrete slabs, has been around for decades in the construction industry, but it was only recently that the idea of modular construction became so popular that it’s being featured on mainstream TV shows like The Apprentice. How popular is prefabricated construction? According to various experts in the housing industry, here’s what they have to say about the rise of prefabricated or modular construction in recent years.
Why Modular Design Emerged
Modular construction became popular in Germany during World War II, when Allied bombing reduced supply-chain capacity and forced builders to think creatively about how to get new homes built as quickly as possible. One of their solutions was designing and manufacturing homes in factories, then slotting them into place on site with a small crew of workers who used basic tools—no heavy machinery needed. It proved to be a fast and effective solution that could work even if manufacturers were bombed out themselves (and being made largely from wood, they were). Today, housing starts are at historic lows due to shortages of labor and materials; modular design is one of several methods for reducing costs and speeding up production without requiring more resources or workers.
Advantages Of Modular Construction
Modular construction offers several advantages over traditional building methods: it can be less expensive, faster to complete, and more energy efficient. The upfront costs of prefabricated buildings are typically lower since many modules are built at an off-site location and then shipped to a home site for assembly on-site by local contractors. And, depending on how long you’re willing to wait, they can even be delivered in as little as three weeks or less! Modular homes also tend to experience fewer delays during their construction process than other kinds of homes—the parts required for prefabrication arrive on time, leaving little room for unexpected hiccups. Additionally, modular construction is often completed in half the time of conventional construction. This rapid pace allows families to move into their new homes sooner, which is especially helpful if they have been displaced from their previous residence due to fire or natural disaster. Finally, modular homes are often more energy efficient than other types of housing because of their insulated walls and roofs made from noncombustible materials like steel and concrete. Insulation keeps heat inside during cold months and prevents outside air from entering when temperatures rise above freezing point. These features make them ideal for colder climates where heating bills can add up quickly during winter months.
Modular Homes Are More Affordable Than You Think: While some people may assume that prefabricated houses cost significantly more than traditionally constructed houses, that isn’t always true!
Disadvantages Of Modular Construction
Although it is not a new concept, prefabricated housing has long been limited to small, simple units such as shipping containers or sheds used for storage. Recently, however, prefabrication has become a much more common sight in residential construction due to a number of factors including increased affordability and design freedom; by using off-site production rather than on-site construction methods (which can be time consuming and expensive), prefabrication reduces cost as well as waste and energy consumption. However, there are some disadvantages associated with modular housing that should be considered when deciding whether or not to use prefab production. For example…
Some Frequently Asked Questions About Modular Homes
When homeowners are considering a new home construction, prefabricated homes may be an attractive option because they can be more affordable and quicker to build than conventional homes. However, before making a final decision, some might want to know: How popular is prefab construction in general? And how popular is it with today’s homeowners compared to traditional housing methods? To find out, we talked with experts from two of North America’s leading modular home builders: Atlas Homes and Pardee Homes.