Sunday, October 28, 2012

Modular Building - The Future of Construction

modular buildings techniques have been around for over 60 years, beginning as a solution to the need for post-war housing and classrooms for the 'baby boomers'. Since then, the offsite industry has transformed the face of modular construction, and now creates aesthetically stunning and environmentally friendly permanent or temporary buildings for a wide variety of sectors, including schools, hospitals, retail units and housing. Modular building is fast, affordable and sustainable, and seems to be the future of modern construction.

Modular Building Methods

The manufacture of modular buildings can be done in several different ways, depending on the application, the intended use, the space and access available. For example: a fully formed volumetric unit could not be craned directly into a tight site where a long crane reach is required, therefore flat pack panels would be used instead, and erected on site. Unique and cost-effective buildings can be created using offsite construction in the following ways:

Flat Pack Buildings:
Flat pack, panelised units allow flexibility of design, delivery and construction, as well as guaranteeing quality control of each unit within a factory environment. Panelised units are ideal for temporary or permanent low-rise buildings such as offices, nurseries, clinics and clubhouses. They are fast to construct and can offer excellent value for money. As mentioned before, flat pack panels can be delivered to any site, no matter how restricted the access is, and put up in a matter of days.

Volumetric Units:
Volumetric modules are built with light-gauge steel frames offsite, fully fitted and sealed in factory conditions. They are then delivered to site to provide fast and efficient construction. This technology allows the affordable creation of high volume replicated units for accommodation, hospitals, universities and housing and minimises time on site.

Steel Frame Units:
Sometimes called Skeletal units, steel framed buildings combine traditional and modular building methods to provide a flexible and fast option for truly unique buildings. Using the advantages of offsite construction, this systematic approach delivers better value for a range of building projects.


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