Modular Building and The Construction Process
Modular construction can be an effective building solution to speed up time in the construction industry. Creating a safe, durable and even LEED certified building is part of the advantages that you will receive when using modular construction. Modular construction has been widely used over the last couple for years, and it can meet US Army's building requirements. Modular construction can be used for residential, commercial and industrial projects providing great quality control.
Simplex Homes, an award winning company told us that 'Many of the modern techniques used by modular builders originated on our production floors. We even operate our own in-house stair shop - a rarity in our industry. By controlling all aspects of production, we can insure each and every home or commercial structure we build meets the highest possible standards '.
Modular Construction Specs
Modular construction is not different from your actual product, if you are not using it. Modular construction has also to be in compliance with local, states and related codes such as IBC or IRC. This type of construction allows to have several modules being built at the same time, and each module being inspected by several engineers and professionals for their integrity and compliance. One huge task involving modular construction is the process of delivering and managing the module, one of the biggest constrains that modular construction has. Each module is transported directly to the site where the general contractor is responsible to assemble them and provide proper finishing. LEED provides credit for off-site construction that will promote a higher LEED ranking for your construction project.
Advantages of Modular Construction
Modular construction has many advantages that are presented below:
Reduces Waste- Modules are built using a controlled process, each stage is carefully planned and are usually optimized by the modular plant. Most of the waste produced is either recycled or re-used once again in the process, reducing the amount of waste being directed to our landfills.
Increased Efficiency – Modular construction reduces the gaps on building, regulating the tightness of its construction. Tighter construction produces and increases the energetic efficiency of the building and induces a better indoor air quality.
BIM Integration – Building Information Modeling can be used on modular construction allowing better visualization and simulation of its performance. Using BIM in the pre-construction process will stimulate the implementation of cost-effective measures.
Superior Quality – Modular buildings should have a superior quality due to its controlled manufacturing process. Several inspections are made to modular building during the construction process reducing potential risks associated with poor building performance.
Saves Time – One of the most important benefits of modular building is the speed increase that they produce to the overall job construction. However, it is very important to monitor closely all progress on the manufacturing plants, all them, to assure that construction progress of modules is following scheduling requirements. The return of investment is achieved sooner due to fast construction process.
Saves Money – Faster construction means less money being paid. Completing a modular building so fast, will reduce the amount of money being paid as interest, lower general conditions, and will also produce savings when completed because modular buildings are energy efficient.
Environmental Friendly- Modules being built off-site will reduce the environmental impact on the job site. Safer conditions, fewer workers and less construction-generated dust will also be obtained when using modules. This will also reduce safety and environmental violations to laws and regulations.
Planning- Less change orders will be issued when using modular buildings. Details and specific architectural designs can be carefully reviewed during the manufacturing process, and a greater detailed product should be obtained.
Technological Advances- Inserting chips into the modules that produce a great inventory control, will reduce errors when installing the modules. Many other technological advances can also be embedded or attached to these modular buildings.