Why build Modular?
Modular construction is a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities – but in about half the time. Buildings are produced in “modules” that when put together on site, reflect the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated site-built facility – without compromise.
Structurally, modular buildings are generally stronger than conventional construction because each module is engineered to independently withstand the rigors of transportation and craning onto foundations. Once together and sealed, the modules become one integrated wall, floor and roof assembly.
Building off site ensures better construction quality management. Materials that are delivered to the plant location are safely and securely stored in the manufacturer’s warehouse to prevent damage or deterioration from moisture and the elements. Manufacturing plants have stringent QA/QC programs with independent inspection and testing protocols that promote superior quality of construction every step of the way.
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If you are new to modular, you might not know the difference between modular construction and traditional construction. Here are a few facts that show you the difference and the advantages modular has over the traditional route.
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1) An estimate of 15-20% more framing material goes into modular building as compared to a similar site-built home. Because our homes are designed to withstand transportation to building sites, our framing methods exceed the requirements of the Universal Building Code (UBC) and International Building Code (IBC).
2) Modular homes are considered one of the sturdies and resilient types of residential construction, with many cases of them surviving extreme weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes. In fact, FEMA concluded in a study done by the damage done by Hurricane Andrew in Florida (Aug. 2012) that modular homes fared better compared to other construction.
3) A climate-controlled and secure environment protects building materials from costly damage. A common problem with site-built homes is that mold can be found in the walls and floors. Mold can form when the lumber is transported to the building site and sits outside, collecting condensation. Stratford uses kiln-dried lumber that starts dry in the plant and stays dry throughout the entire construction process.
4) Modular home construction cuts waste production in half and uses materials more efficiently. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported that a typical 2,000 sq. ft. home generates 8,000 pounds of waste. Their study concluded four pounds of waste on average was created per sq. ft. for a typical site-built home, but modular construction produced only half of that amount during the construction process. A factory can more easily store and recycle materials instead of throwing them away.
5) History Fun Fact: Prefab construction techniques go back over a 100 years. One of the earliest prefab homes was a mail order pre-built kit from Sears and Roebuck Co. They were similar to panelized homes, but had to be assembled by the buyer. They were advertised as “Modern Homes” with 400 designs to choose from. The materials were delivered in two railroad boxcars with a detailed instruction manual.
Modular Construction Market Set to Hit Market Size of USD 104 Million at Significant CAGR of 6% from 2016 to 2022
You might have known that the modular construction market is growing, but did you know how fast? According to an article published by Market Research Future, Modular Construction Market is Set to Hit Market Size of USD 104 Million at Significant CAGR of 6% from 2016 to 2022.
The report states that “The Modular Construction Market is driven by the growth in construction and infrastructure industries. With the rising industrialization, the need for time saving construction methods are required, which has widened the scope of modular construction.”
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“Developers, general contractors and subcontractors swap stories that sound too good to be true about prefabricated construction: a student housing project that cut its delivery time by a third or a hospital that installed hundreds of bathrooms in three days with only five laborers. Though the practice of off-site construction dates back thousands of years, the last real estate cycle has pushed prefabricated construction to prominence.”
Check out the full article published on forbes.com here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bisnow/2017/08/02/the-rise-of-the-prefabricated-building/#2c51f5051dd5
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