Sometimes it can be difficult explaining to people exactly what modern modular buildings are, since there are different conceptions of it and differnt systems that use the name. We’ve tried to explain our system a few times on the blog in various ways and then we go on using the same terms to explain the technology to friends and other acquaintances.
Some people think of modular buildings in terms of modular housing, which embraces a similar idea, but modular houses are usually comprised of larger, pre-shaped pieces that lock into place and generally stay there, though these components are still more flexible than their traditionally constructed counterparts.
Our modular building systems are different though. Instead of several pre-defined pieces coming together to form a building, we use an assortment of universal wall panels and frames that come together to create all sorts of types of buildings.
Sometimes aspects of popular culture can be used to more easily explain something more technical, as a means of simplifying it. That said, one individual had a colorful analogy for modular buildings that we’d like to borrow for a minute: he compared them to transformers. Of course, the classrooms he was referring to were probably not of the same design we use, but we could still use the analogy.
Transformers are robots with interchangeable parts that when toggled, change positions to accomodate an entirely different function. This makes the robot flexible and adaptable: it can go from a human form to a vehicular form, which affords it all sorts of advantages.
Our modular building systems go even further. They aren’t just one form that can change into another: they are components that can assemble into limitless forms, offering the best in adaptability and flexibility.
So if you ever find yourself in the position of explaining a universal modular panel system to a layman, trying comparing modular buildings to transformers. You might just get the understanding and response you are looking for!