Prefabricated or modular building practices are utilized by about 76% of architects, 84% of contractors, and 90% of engineers for a number of construction projects. A 2011 survey showed that prefab or modular construction was widely used for particular commercial buildings: 49% of those surveyed reported employing these methods for healthcare settings, 42% for campus buildings such as dorms, and 42% for manufacturing operations. In hotel construction, the demand for modular building is growing; in 2017, Marriott International vowed to use modular methods for 13% of its new construction. In other words, this type of construction is on the rise. But why has it become so popular?

The Benefits of Modular Construction

In modular construction, a building is constructed indoors at a facility and is then assembled on-site. The building can then be permanently fixed in place or moved. According to the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia, switching from traditional building methods to the modular method can save 9% to 20% in construction costs. Modular construction is faster but offers the same reliable results as traditional construction. Recently, a Chinese company took just 19 days to erect a 57-story modular building. The UK's Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) states that the modular method can result in as much as 90% less waste of cement, concrete, wood, bricks, and other building materials. Less waste is better for the environment, which appeals to many business owners. Moreover, modular methods help builders complete projects twice as fast as traditional methods.

Why You Should Consider the Modular Office Building

With a modular office building, the savings begin during construction and continue after the project is put into operation on-site. Your building will be constructed faster than with traditional methods -- as much as 30% to 50% sooner. In a modular office building, your occupants will enjoy lower energy bills and better air quality. Prefabricated office walls can be moved to suit occupants' changing needs.

The growing demand for modular construction is undeniable. Modular methods are widely used by architects, contractors, and engineers, and building owners appreciate the faster construction and cost savings. A modular office building wastes fewer materials and less energy, making it a greener method. Contact a modular construction manufacturer, dealer, or contractor today to learn more about this popular building method.