Modular construction is a process in which a majority (or portion) of the building is fabricated off-site under factory controlled conditions. The building is manufactured in pieces called "modules" that each include completed structure, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, furniture, fixtures, & equipment, and exterior and interior finishes.
Modular building is becoming more common in construction projects worldwide as developers seek the speed-to-market and consistent quality they can offer. It maybe the time for modular to shine in accommodation construction.
• shorter construction time (up to 50%)
• greater degree of predictability in cost and better quality in a factory controlled environment
• reduced material waste
• reduced carbon emissions due to transportation to and from site associated with on-site construction
• reduced site disturbance
• an increase of safety and security of laborers and trade equipment
Supporters of modular homes advocate them as a modern, energy efficient and cost saving alternative to traditional building styles.
Popular in larger developments such as hotels, student accommodation, hospitals and flats; modular buildings are now becoming the preferred choice for self-builders too.