This week has seen several stories indicating the increasing presence of modular construction, which is becoming the construction method of choice for construction companies around the world. We’ve talked plenty of times about why this is so: the great quality of a modular building, the savings in costs, time, and resources, the flexibility and reusability, and more. So let’s look at some examples.
Some builders in Silicon Valley are utilizing modular construction to provide rental housing in response to the expansion of tech jobs in the area. These buildings are built with modules that are manufactured and assembled in Boise, Idaho, where they are transported to the build site and hoisted up by cranes. Pictures of the process are available as well.
And here is a another statement about modular nuclear power plants, a technology that we have mentioned in the past. Power plant builders are looking to modular technology in order to envision safer, more affordable nuclear power plants.
In Australia, developers are arguing for modular construction to be applied to hotel construction. Among the reasons given, it is argued that due to rising construction costs, modular construction is a great solution to development difficulties due to its cost savings, time savings, and retained high quality. The article goes on to explain that the construction industry has reached a tipping point due to the fact that modular construction technologies have improved to the point where they are now being more widely used across the world.
And finally, one developer in the home building industry talks about the increasing popularity and corresponding benefits of modular homes. Some great points are made: most of the construction takes place indoors so unplanned weather events don’t effect the construction as much, saving on added costs. Also, modular houses are constructed with shorter time-frames than with traditional construction, so families can get into their homes quicker without being inconvenienced. These homes save on costs and are built well with thick insulated walls, so they save on energy costs as well. And the developer, Michael Hill, made a great point: “You wouldn’t build a car in the woods, so why would you build a house outside,” he said.
Needless to say, all of those benefits apply equally to the modular buildings in commercial industries as well.