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Last edited 05 Feb 2018
Why modular is the right choice for end-users as well as architects
Whether the project requires a short-term or permanent solution, many people now recognise that modular construction is a cost-effective solutions that requires a fraction of the time of a traditional build.
However, the experience of the end users is often missing from the discussion – which means that many people still harbour misconceptions about modular buildings.
In fact, off-site construction methods allow for increased quality control checks throughout the build process. Nothing leaves the factory floor without being subjected to multiple quality inspections, and manufacturers test all modules before delivering them to site.
The environmental benefits go beyond reduced waste and use of sustainable materials. Modular buildings are well-insulated and therefore easier to heat in winter and cool in summer, leading to reduced energy usage once in use.
There is the option to fit energy-efficient components such as solar panels to reduce both the carbon footprint of the building and its running costs. So the environmental benefits extend to those operating the building – not just those specifying it.
And while some may still think of modular buildings as identical, off-the-shelf square boxes, the reality is very different. Bespoke manufacturers can develop a solution that complements the existing architecture surrounding a project, or tie in with a specific theme so that the modular element blends seamlessly with the rest of the development.
 Speed is of the essence
One of the main reasons to specify off-site construction rather than traditional is the reduced time on-site. Buildings are fabricated in the factory, with on-site installation typically taking just a few short weeks. This translates into improved on-site safety and reduced costs, but also benefits those whose work is based in and around the new building.
For education buildings, schools can avoid the disruption and safety implications of a live building site by selecting off-site construction. That way, the installation of the completed building can be completed during the summer break, so teachers and students return to a brand new building at the start of the new school year.
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