It seems like modular buildings are all the rage these days. But what exactly are they? And should the world be going modular? This article will discuss the benefits of modular construction, as well as the drawbacks, and help you determine whether or not modular buildings are right for you.
Advantages over conventional building
With its many advantages over conventional building, it’s no surprise that modular housing is quickly gaining popularity with residential and commercial developers. The environmental impact is significantly lessened due to reduced waste when shipping materials from a central location instead of sourcing them on site. Modular buildings also tend to contain fewer costly components such as foundations, plumbing, or electrical systems due to prefabrication. As a result, homeowners are able to enjoy their new homes much faster with significantly less money down than other homebuilding methods. This makes purchasing a modular home an attractive option for those who want to build their own dream house but don’t have thousands of dollars available for startup costs.
Disadvantages over conventional building
The most obvious disadvantage is that factory-built housing units can be expensive. The total cost could be more than a conventional building of equivalent size, but you may save money on labor. Another disadvantage is that it’s not as flexible as conventional building: Modular builders are generally slow to respond to changing market conditions because they have only a few products in their line. You might also face difficulty selling an apartment with a factory-installed kitchen because potential buyers worry about installation costs. With these drawbacks in mind, you have to decide if going modular is worth it for your project. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Do I need to complete my project quickly? Will I need many different floor plans or finishes? Will I have trouble finding workers for my site? Do I want my building to look unique or distinctive from others in my area? Would it bother me if people thought less of me for using a prefabricated home instead of having custom work done by local tradespeople? If you answered yes to any of these questions, going modular might be right for you.
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Modular Benefits outweigh Conventional Building Disadvantages
Modular buildings have many advantages over conventional construction. They’re stronger, they use less material (which reduces costs), they require less labor once constructed, they can be repurposed or moved if needed, they have a small environmental footprint during production and on-site assembly, etc. All in all, that makes for a pretty convincing argument in favor of going modular. Now all we need is a way to convince people! It’s time to think outside of our industry. Who else could benefit from going modular? Maybe movie theaters, concert halls, shopping malls… even theme parks! Anything with large public spaces that are subject to high traffic volume could stand to gain from switching to modular design and construction methods. With a little creativity and some outside-the-box thinking, we might just be able to make our customers go modular too!
But is it worth it?
The big question is not if we’re better off with or without modules – it’s if they are a viable option in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness and sustainability. For example, while they might be used on small projects like apartment buildings or hospitals where time isn’t as crucial an issue (or non-existent), these buildings still take longer to build than traditional methods. For larger projects that rely on speed for economic reasons like office buildings and schools, it’s a tougher call. In order for them to make financial sense, module factories would have to keep costs low through economies of scale by building many at once.