Modular Construction: The Wave of the Future
Shifting construction away from traditional sites and into factories could dramatically change the way we build.
In broad terms, modular construction involves producing standardized components of a structure in an off-site factory, then assembling them on-site. Terms such as “off-site construction,” “prefabrication” and “modular construction” are interchangeable. These terms cover a range of different approaches and systems, from single elements that are clipped together using standard connections and interfaces to 3-D volumetric units with full fixtures.
Modular construction is not a new concept and has been popularized in Europe and Asia, but has been slow to find a market in the US — though this trend has started to gain momentum and is experiencing a new wave of attention and investment — there are several factors suggesting it may be here to stay. The maturing of digital tools has radically changed the modular-construction proposition, by facilitating the design of modules and optimizing delivery logistics. Consumer perceptions of prefab housing are beginning to change, particularly as new, more varied material choices improve the visual appeal of prefab buildings. If it takes hold, it could give the industry a huge productivity boost, help solve the housing crises in many markets and significantly reshape the way we build.
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