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Modular Buildings for the Health Sector
Advantages of Modular Buildings
As the materials for modular buildings are assembled in an off-site location, the construction of the units is very fast. Constructing a modular building will take only half the time as a traditional building, which is beneficial for the healthcare sector. Hospitals and clinics may need extra building space support, and the quick solution of a modular building allows for these facilities to run more efficiently.
High material quality is not only vital in modular building construction, but also required. They are held up to the same standards as traditional buildings, with the same restrictions applying. Healthcare buildings require a sturdy construction due to the foot traffic they experience, and modular buildings must also allow for technological upgrades of medical equipment.
With both the need for temporary and permanent structures, modular buildings are the ideal solution. Whether modular buildings are a requirement as a temporary fixture for a medical wing being built or as an addition to an existing medical building, the unit can be made to look like the medical building and function to its requirements.
Hospitals and other medical sites require a clean and quiet environment for proper care of patients. Modular buildings have worked towards reducing the impact of both, which is beneficial for the health sector. Up to 90% of the construction of modular buildings can be done off-site, which greatly minimises the level of disturbance in the final location. It also signifies fewer people on site, driving to and from with equipment, which reduces the noise levels.
The fact that modular buildings can be repurposed and relocated allows for a reduced demand on raw materials. A modular building can be moved and work as a different wing for a clinic a few months after its initial installation, if needed. This greatly saves material and its destruction, which is liable of causing high levels of air pollution.
In areas in which shortages of water and energy exist, modular buildings allow for sustainable improvements in their management. These buildings are capable of being designed in such a way that permits water conservation, I the same manner that traditional buildings conserve water.
With an insulated structure, modular buildings promote energy efficiency. Modular buildings incorporate high-performance materials and windows that can be designed to improve ventilation and lighting.
With an uncertain economy, the health sector may find that there is a financial struggle in developing the medical wings. Cost efficient solutions aid in the continuation of proper healthcare, with the needed requirements being adhered to. High quality of materials and construction in conjunction with the buildings’ flexibility allows for an increase in savings. In comparison with traditional buildings, modular buildings offer clients the opportunity of controlling up to 60% of their construction. Comparatively to traditional buildings, which allow only between 25% to 50%, clients can customise the units to requirements very easily.
Some Uses of Modular Buildings for the Health Sector:
- Consulting Rooms
- Dental Surgeries
- Clinical Departments
- Maternity Wards
- Theatre Rooms
- Day Surgery Units
--Excel Modular Buildings 10:44, 17 Jan 2017 (BST)
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