What is Modular Technology?
Modular homes, also known as pre-fab homes or factory build-home, is a different approach to construction, where the bulk of the construction takes place off-site, in factories, and the parts delivered to the location for assembly. The concept has become very popular in the UK, and promises to represent the future of housing, owing to the several advantages it offers.
Modular Construction is Faster
The Modular housing technology allows builders and customers to create bespoke homes quickly. About 80 percent of the construction of parts takes place in factories, and the parts transferred to the site in flat packed panels. Builders assemble the home on-site, in a way somewhat similar to Lego blocks. Only the assembly, and the finishing works such as electricity, and plumbing takes place on-site.
Compared to conventional construction methods, the construction of modular homes gets over about 50 percent faster. The construction of most modular homes gets over within a few weeks, as opposed to months or even years required to construct a home the traditional way. There is little or no hold-up for inclement weather, or other local disruptions.
Modular Housing is Eco-friendly
The streamlined process involved in creating modular homes allows the use of eco-friendly construction materials. Manufacturers have greater freedom to source eco-friendly and durable materials. Construction in factories reduces dust pollution and allows proper management of construction waste. Moreover, with the bulk of the construction at an off-site industrial location, the disruptive impact of the construction on the local community diminishes greatly.
Modular Homes Offer Flexibility and Customisability
Another big appeal of a modular home is its customisability. Modular buildings have very little design limitations. House owners may translate their vision into reality easily, and without stress. The factory-like construction process makes it easy to co-opt any feature at a low cost, and without altering the entire structural plan. The homeowner can add on and take away just about any amenity. The different “modules” may be added or dropped, or assembled in different ways, offering scope for unbridled customisation and design preferences.
Modular Homes are Cost-Effective
Modular homes are cost-effective. The construction process in factories allows for standardised design elements, a focus on process efficiency and lean models, reducing construction costs greatly. The efficiencies of scale in materials procurement also contributes to lower input costs. Most costly inspections and third-party checks also complete off-site. The stakeholders get greater clarity and transparency in the pricing process, with the homeowner knowing exactly how much to pay upfront.
Modular Offers a Viable Solution to the Housing Crunch
Modular construction promises to herald a paradigm shift in UK housing industry, rejuvenating a stagnant, overpriced, and inefficient system. With rapid urbanization and the corresponding shortage of affordable homes fuel the demand for modular housing, modular construction offers an easy, cost-effective way to solve the housing crunch plaguing many areas. The process offers a win-win solution, allowing homeowners to get a better home at a cheaper price, while being eco-friendly. Emerging technologies such as 3D printing, where a good part of the home could just be “printed” at a location close to the site, would increase interest and demand for the concept even further.