Last edited 15 Feb 2021

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Why modular is the right choice for end-users as well as architects


[edit] Introduction

Thanks to the increased focus on modular buildings within the industry, more and more people understand the benefits of off-site construction. Whether a 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.

[edit] Built-in quality

The standard of modern off-site construction is incredibly high: all modular buildings must adhere to the same building regulations as those built using traditional construction methods. 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 need to adhere to building regulations also means that off-site construction has strict rules about carbon consumption. 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 consumption in use.

It is possible to fit energy-efficient components such as solar panels to reduce both the carbon footprint of modular buildings and running costs. So the environmental benefits extend to those operating the building – not just those specifying it.

High-quality insulation and robustness mean exterior noise is kept to a minimum: ideal for teachers, health professionals or office workers who require a quiet environment. 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.

[edit] 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 manufactured in a 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. This way, installation 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.

So when considering the benefits of modular buildings, specifiers can be confident that it can be the right option for everyone – from the architect to the end user.

--Elite Systems

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