In many generations, the UK has been quite accepting of brick and mortar building methods. Other methods of construction have been largely ignored in the past, but new technology and changing needs mean that modular construction have become popular. Construction is a hot topic so new generations are open to different ways. Affordable living and energy efficiency has needed a solution for a while now. Modular buildings, or prefabricated housing, may be a great opportunity to find that solution.
Schedule of a modular building construction
- Day 1 – Preparations for grading and site work are carried out and foundation construction begins
- Day 10 – Workers start assembling the modules on site. At the same time, the factory starts simultaneously preparing foundations to keep things on track.
- Day 40: Foundations are completed and modules can now be shipped. Modules come 95% complete and include everything from interior and exterior finishing, to electrical, plumbing and flooring.
- Day 45 – The staff started to set up modules. Modular buildings are treated as traditional in this instance and must follow local building codes
- Day 65 – Interior and exterior finishes are completed.
- Day 80 – Site clean-up and landscaping are completed.
- Day 90 – It is the grand opening of your modular building. Once completed, modular construction can look no different to a traditional building.
- Day 115 – Open for business for 25 days.
- Day 135 – Open for business for 45 days.
- Day 155 – open for business 65 days
- Day 170 – open for business 80 days
- Day 180 – After only 90 days, you could get a return on your investment. And with up to 50% more time saved than in traditional constructions and an average consumption period of 180 days, this type of building can significantly speed up the return on your investment.
The time associated with traditional construction
- Day 1 – The grading and site preparation process begins, followed by foundation construction.
- Day 40 – Foundations are completed.
- Day 45 – Framing begins.
- Day 65 – Roofing, siding and insulation are installed.
- Day 80 – Windows and doors are installed.
- Day 90 – Rough electrical and plumbing is started.
- Day 115 – Interior and exterior finishes are completed.
- Day 135 – Electrical and plumbing finishes are completed.
- Day 155 – Finishes to trim and touch-ups.
- Day 170 – Site clean-up and landscaping.
- Day 180 – Grand opening.
It’s unclear to see whether modular construction will dethrone traditional construction anytime soon, but it poses a threat. In the post-industrial era, the shift to renewable energy has made modular construction more popular. Modular buildings are far more advantageous than brick-and-mortar buildings in this regard for a number of reasons. So we have to think of modular buildings as a practical solution and not the dominant outcome. Rather, it is something that can help solve some of society’s most pressing issues.