Modular construction sounds progressive and remarkably advantageous. Yet, as with other construction methods, there are some real challenges that can affect success or failure of your modular project. However, the long term reduction in carbon footprint is becoming more evident. According to research by the University of Cambridge, "Modular construction is a more sustainable way of building than traditional construction. It brings a new level of environmentally-friendly processes. Buildings produced in an off-site factory like VESTA's modular buildings can produce up to 45% less carbon."
The modular construction industry faces several challenges, including:
1. Design: Designing modular structures can be challenging, as modular designs must be optimized for transportation and assembly. In addition, the design must be flexible enough to accommodate different site conditions, and it must comply with local building codes and regulations.
2. Manufacturing: Manufacturing modular components and systems can be challenging, particularly if the components are complex or require specialized equipment. In addition, quality control is critical to ensure that the modular components are manufactured to the necessary specifications.
3. Technology Advancement: The modular construction industry is rapidly evolving, and there is a need for ongoing technological advancement to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of modular construction processes. This can include the development of new materials and construction techniques, as well as advancements in transportation and assembly processes.
4. Logistics: Logistics can be a challenge in modular construction, particularly if the components are large or heavy, or if the site is located in a remote or difficult-to-reach area. The cost of transportation, assembly, and storage of modular components must also be carefully considered.
5. Assembly: Assembly of modular components on site can be challenging, particularly if the components are complex or if the site conditions are difficult. In addition, assembly must be carried out quickly and efficiently to minimize disruption to the surrounding area and to ensure that the project is completed on time.
In conclusion, the modular construction industry faces several challenges, including design, manufacturing, technology advancement, logistics, and assembly. These challenges can impact the efficiency, quality, and cost-effectiveness of modular construction projects, so it's important for industry players to be aware of these challenges and to work to find solutions to overcome them.
"It's always important to look at the project with an experienced offsite team. These individuals can review the project to investigate if this is a good potential for modular construction. Many developers and builders that are in a time crunch to execute a finished building are usually ones that find an offsite solution appealing for their construction project." explains Audree Grubesic, modular consultant with Modular Sure Site.