Modular buildings are also termed as prefabricated buildings that consist of repeated sections called modules. The term “Modular” simply refers that the building is prefabricated. This means the modular sections of buildings are constructed and assembled away from the building site in a factory climate-controlled environment and can be easily delivered to the intended site.
Once all the modular sections are safely placed on the site, then set up crews can complete the building process by placing all the modules together using inter-module connections, also known as inter-connections. The Manufacturers use the same material and design to build equal or higher standards as traditionally built homes but take less construction time.
Why Consider Modular/Prefabricated Buildings For Office Use?
A modular building can be considered as an ultimate solution when you are in the need of space. The reason why to consider involves:
- Environmentally friendly nature (Green)
- Best quality standards
- Flexibility in size and configuration
- Potential cost savings (and time savings)
- Efficiency, and many more
To get a clear picture about it, check out some basic standard below:
Conventional Building Standards: Modular construction does not compromise with quality standards. It uses the same materials to build a prefabricated single office building as those used for a traditional office building.
They Are Environmentally Friendly: It takes complete care of nature. It uses less construction equipment to build singular modular offices off-site, thus, less disturbing the natural environment. Lastly, it recycles the scraps leaving an additional greener environment
They Save Time and Money: As compared to traditional construction, modular construction takes less than half the time to complete construction, as foundation and structure are built at the same time in different locations. Less time, means less pay to laborers, thus equaling cost savings.
How Long Does A Modular Building Last?
How long does a modular building last? Are they durable? These questions often create a dilemma. The durability of modular buildings depend upon the different categories they have been used for, like
- For interior finishes, it can last up to the life of the modular bldg
- For roofing purpose, it can last up for 30 years
- If used for building a temporary structure, it can last for more than 30 years, and
- If used on a foundation, it can last forever.
If the modular buildings are perfectly expertly installed, built with good quality material, served with the best maintenance plan, then they can serve you for a longer period.
What are the different types of modular buildings?
There are two types of modular buildings, both of which have their own distinct characteristics that make them well suited to certain tasks.
- Temporary or reloadable buildings
- Permanent construction buildings
Temporary Buildings: As the name suggests, temporary buildings are relocatable. They are designed in such a way that they can be transported to different cities or places as per the requirement. Temporary buildings can also be reused and repurposed multiple times when required. They are usually designed for short or long term needs. Relocatable buildings are not permanently affixed to real estate. They are typically set up on a pier & pad foundation with tie downs and skirting.
Permanent Building Construction: As the name suggests, permanent buildings are designed to install or assemble them permanently on-site. They can be installed on a concrete perimeter wall foundation in the same manner as a temporary building. Permanent buildings can be constructed of various sources like wood, steel, or concrete. If kept with proper care, it can last long for at least 50 years.
The permanent building modular can be built to serve the following places
- Office buildings
- Student Housing
- Medical Clinic/Office Buildings
- Senior Living Communities