Modular construction is the process whereby modules which form complete homes are manufactured and assembled in a quality controlled environment, in a factory. The industry has come a long way, through creative design it's usually not possible for the untrained eye to notice that a building has been constructed off site using modular construction.
Modules are constructed using either lightweight steel or timber structures which are then insulated, boarded and finished with fixtures and fittings. Flexible design also allows for the option of each module to be completed with an exterior cladding in the factory. Once the modules have been built to the required specification, they are tested and then delivered to site. Each module is then craned onto a steel structure, fixed into position and connected to the mains services. Buildings are produced that reflect the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated site-built facility – without compromise. The process of building homes has seen little change since the 1940s with the vast majority of homes being built in the traditional way of having a spectrum of trades on site. Could modular construction be the innovative and efficient solution to home building in a housing crisis?
Through innovative and creative design, modular construction is not limited to the pre-conceived idea of dull, square boxes.