Modular construction is a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities – but faster. Modular includes any building constructed off-site – including shipping containers, plastic homes, and more. Often used interchangeably with the term, “prefab”, modular is a type of prefabricated construction – modular is the most complete form of prefab construction.
The factory-controlled process generates less waste, creates fewer site disturbances and allows for tighter construction. Construction of modular buildings occurs simultaneously with site work, allowing projects to be completed in half the time of traditional construction. With rising costs of construction impacting all levels of the commercial real estate industry, its promise to save time and money has attracted the attention of many Multifamily and hospitality have taken a particular interest in the concept. While offsite construction is not a new method, the numbers around new development are leading to alternative strategies, and the practice is gaining significant momentum.
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