Why Architects and Builders Prefer Modular Design
Engineers, contractors, and architects have a secret for constructing more ecofriendly buildings, faster and at less cost than conventional buildings. It’s called modular design, and is used in the construction of all kinds of buildings such as modular warehouse offices, hotels, healthcare facilities, college dorms and more. Modular buildings are made in a factory setting, which makes them quicker, less costly, and greener to build.
What is Modular construction?
Modular warehouse offices and other buildings are used for all kinds of purposes, including hotels, healthcare facilities, college dorms and other educational buildings, and manufacturing facilities. Modular construction is different from onsite construction, because the building is made up of modules that are produced in a factory setting.
The modules use exactly the same materials and are built to the same code and standards as on-site construction, but at less cost and with less waste. It also takes just about half the time it would take to build the same structure on site. When the modules the assembled on site, they incorporate all the necessary design elements like clean room partitions to suit the building’s future functions.
Why choose modular construction?
As business owners, engineers, architects, and construction companies learn more about the advantages of modular construction, they are opting for prefabricated office spaces for a variety of purposes. Because of the way they are constructed, modular warehouse offices and other buildings are less expensive as well as quicker to build. In fact, a Chinese construction company demonstrated this recently by putting up a 57-story modular building in just 19 days.
The reason why modular construction is so quick by comparison with onsite construction is that as much as 60% to 90% of all construction has already been completed in a factory setting. This also makes modular offices much less costly than onsite construction. The Building Industry Association of Philadelphia estimates that it can reduce construction costs by anywhere from 9% to 20%. Onsite construction is subject to the vagaries of bad weather, which results in lost days. It also wastes much more material, increasing the final costs of the project.
Modular warehouse offices and buildings are ecofriendly
Using less construction materials in a factory setting means that modular offices have a smaller carbon footprint and are more ecofriendly. The construction process uses 67% less energy, and the buildings use less energy even after they are brought into operation.
Another essential element of green and sustainable design is to reduce the wastage of construction materials. The Waste and Resources Action Programme or WRAP, based in the UK, has estimated that the wastage of construction materials like bricks, timber, concrete, wood pallets, shrink wrap, and cardboard is reduced by as much as 90% with modular construction.
With all these advantages, it’s not surprising that architects, owners, designers, builders, and managers are choosing to go with modular warehouse offices and other buildings. It’s difficult to go wrong with buildings that are ecofriendly, cost less and can be made operational in half the time it would take to build on site.