Faster & Greener: The Advantages of Modular Construction

Modular construction today doesn’t resemble the temporary trailers and mobile homes of the past.  There are now countless applications for modular construction solutions, both for permanent housing and for commercial and industrial space.  Modular construction is fast becoming the construction method of choice in some regions and industries, and for good reason.  Here are the financial and environmental advantages of using this building method, whose popularity is taking hold around the globe.

Faster Construction Time

The way that we build homes hasn’t changed much in the past 40-50 years. Unfortunately, the construction industry has been reluctant to embrace and adopt some technology advances. There are a few companies, however, like ConXtech that are shaking up the industry with their new approach to modular construction, which is proven to save significant project time.

New modular construction technology allows architects to design a new building using software like AutoCAD or Revit, the auto-populate their design with steel framing sizes to create a “dimensionally accurate model of the frame early in the design phase.”

Once the structural design is ready, data files are exported to the CNC machines manufacture building components. The components are then assembled on site, with the entire process saving months over traditional construction methods. Multiple tradesmen can ready their parts and components simultaneously, using the dimensionally accurate model as a guide.

Lower Project Costs

These faster build times reduce overall labor costs on projects and make buildings ready for occupancy sooner, which becomes a revenue base for a commercial property.  Modular construction is also more precise, so there is less materials waste, which reduces the overall project cost.

Better Quality Control

One of the reasons that modular construction is gaining in popularity is the assurance of a quality product every time.  The manufacturing process itself is standardized with tight quality control to ensure the best product.  Unlike traditional construction projects that are exposed to the elements, modular construction takes place in a controlled environment, where problems like warped materials can be eliminated.

Customizable Designs

Increasingly, modular construction and design companies are able to customize projects to tailor the building to the client’s exact specifications.  The use of AutoCAD in design makes it simple for companies to make adjustments that require extra space or to customize a room for multipurpose use.

Durable Materials

Modular buildings are constructed with the most durable materials available, ensuring that each structure is built to last.  Materials are carefully selected to be economical, lightweight, safe, and durable.  Modular structures are also constructed to be airtight, which ensures their energy-efficiency.

Less Environmental Impact

There are several ways that modular construction benefits the environment.  Many modular construction buildings are built with eco-friendly materials, and this mode of construction is a market leader in the use of recycled materials.

Because modular buildings are constructed in an assembly line environment, the process uses less energy than traditional construction.  As we stated before, there is also less waste.  Many modular construction facilities also store their unused materials and recycle them for use in future projects.

Modular construction offers a more sustainable solution for both residential and commercial development.  These innovative designs are delivering environmentally-friendly projects that don’t sacrifice quality or style. Not only does this method of building bring projects to completion faster, but they will also come in at a lower price tag and last longer than those built with traditional construction methods.

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