Modular construction or “offsite construction” is today seen as the new affordable housing. Modular construction is the construction of prefabricated buildings off work sites. These modules are then transported and assembled on site. Modular buildings offer a wide range of structures such as houses, apartment buildings, offices, etc.
The Affordable Housing Working Group encourages the use of modular construction as it offers a number of advantages to consider.
- Fast and efficient: The modular construction can be completed from 30% to 50% faster than a traditional construction method.
- Affordable: The building offsite method reduces the construction and labour costs but there is also a risk when transporting the complete modules directly to site.
- Sustainability: The modular construction significantly reduces the environmental impact with less waste, on-site activity and disturbance.
- Modularity: This method offers a wide variety of types and shapes to match your budget.
- Structure: The modules are built with traditional materials however they are all independently strengthened which structurally reinforces the whole building.
- Quality of construction: In opposition to a construction on site, the offsite prefabrication facilitates increase the control over construction quality and ensure all components are stored, assembled and treated throughout the construction steps.
The modular building industry is still limited in terms of variety although it tends to be developed to provide more affordable housing.
The Modular Construction Code Boards (MCCB) is launching a guide intituled “The Modular Handbook”. It will be available for download during May 2017 from a proposed MCCB website.