Prefabricated Modular building. A cheaper way to build?
Last weekend, while attending a social event, I was asked by a guest unknown to me, the typical ice-breaking question, what is it I do for a living? Proudly, I explained that I was in the prefabricated, modular building business. I went on to describe what that actually is before he fired the first typical question at me, is this a cheaper method of building? To which I relied with no hesitation, yes and no.
Prefabricated or factory built, modular building has been around for many decades, mostly as a solution to temporary or short-term accommodation, filling a need where there might an urgency for indoor space. Over recent years however, this type of building has edged into mainstream construction for many advantageous reasons. This perhaps is where we can find the answer to which method of building is more economical.
Many factors come into play when designing a building whether it be a small home or a modern-day hotel. It is in the design and specifications which determines cost per square metre. Or is it? Excellerate Structures faster, more efficient, off-site manufacture in a factory-controlled environment not only creates a shorter construction time but additionally, better quality and cost control. Followed by a rapid deployment to site and minimal time for erection, savings can be made. Furthermore, less waste, less water consumption, in the factory and on site makes good sense. Low environmental impact at site combined with a reduction in onsite disruptions makes for smart construction.
Domestically, prefabricated modular building offers the owner peace of mind and much less hassle. Commercially, this means earlier rental and sales and quicker income and return on investment.
In summary, the contrast in cost is very little once transport is factored in, but it is a predictable cost, unlike traditional methods, which tend to escalate as the build progresses.
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