By Sheri Koones, Contributor
There’s still a lot of confusion as to what modular construction is. After writing about prefab construction for quite a few years, I hear all types of theories about modular construction. Many believe the word is synonymous with prefab itself and is often confused with manufactured houses, which meet the HUD code rather than the Universal code and arrive on wheels on a steel chassis.
Modular construction is actually the most complete type of prefab construction. Boxes or modules are produced in a factory and shipped on a flat bed truck to the construction site. There is a wide range of completeness of the boxes. Some people order just an empty box, which they prefer to complete on site. Other boxes are ordered almost complete with flooring, built-ins, appliances, etc.
One of the important advantages of modular construction is the speed of construction. Depending on the size, location and complexity of the house, it can be built in far less time than a site-built house. Modular construction allows for the building and the site work to be completed simultaneously, reducing the overall completion schedule by as much as 50%.
Assembly is independent of weather, which increases work efficiency and avoids damaged building material. The modules are built in a protected environment, which shelters the materials and also prevents pilferage on site.
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