17.05.2024 Modular Buildings, Posts & News

Modular Buildings and the Changing Construction Landscape

A white truck with "David Watson" lifting a prefabricated building module using a crane, surrounded by trees and a construction worker in a helmet and vest on a construction site.

Most industries are impacted by changes in expectations and technological developments happening at a fast pace, and the construction sector is no different. Businesses are experiencing rapid change and must keep up with progress, and the modular building industry is perfectly positioned to meet the challenge.

With flexible factory manufacturing and versatile design, modular buildings offer a great solution to stay ahead of the curve. The impact of the changing landscape of construction is multifaceted. Not only do modular building manufacturers need to keep up-to-date with developments in their own industry, but they also need to be aware of changing consumer expectations. 

What are the ways that the modular building industry is responding to the changes in the construction industry? 

 

Improved Efficiencies

With quality checks at every stage of the process, new modular buildings are constructed with efficiency in mind. Modular buildings are predominantly made within a factory manufacturing setting, which means they are produced under strict efficiency controls. 

The modular building process is a swift one; a new building can be constructed and installed in a matter of weeks. Modules are fabricated in the factory and only moved to the installation site when everything is ready to go. Labour on a construction site is kept to a minimum, and the installation process can be completed in just a few days. 

The efficiencies that modular buildings present don’t just end with the construction process. They are manufactured using energy-efficient materials that help reduce running costs. Modular buildings are also designed to enhance working environments and create more productive workspaces. 

Constructing a modular office

Reduced Workplace Accidents

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that construction contributed to the highest number of work-related fatalities than any other industry. In the year 2022/23, the construction industry experienced 45 work-related deaths and over 53,000 reported non-fatal injuries. 

The modular construction process helps reduce the number of workplace accidents through a more controlled working environment. Depending on the project, 60%-90% of the work is completed in a factory rather than on a construction site. 

The factory environment and strict safety protocols reduce workers’ exposure to the hazards experienced on a conventional construction site. Construction site workers can be at risk from accidents caused by unpredictable weather, uneven terrain, heavy equipment and working at height. Whilst a factory still presents an element of risk, modular building manufacturers take safety seriously, and these hazards are significantly lowered in comparison. 

 

Increased Sustainability

Individuals and businesses are becoming more aware of their responsibilities to create a brighter future for our planet. The construction industry has to constantly evolve and adapt to find new ways to remain environmentally friendly and promote sustainability. 

Modular building manufacturing has been leading the way in the construction industry in terms of reducing carbon emissions and waste. The managed factory manufacturing process carefully plans the use of materials to make sure that very little goes to waste. Furthermore, modular buildings utilise recyclable materials so that any possible offcuts can be recycled or reused elsewhere. The reduction of waste through the building process reduces the impact on the country’s landfill sites. 

Modular buildings are an incredibly durable and versatile form of construction. The way they are constructed by installing individual modules gives them huge flexibility and a wider sustainability impact. The process allows them to be uninstalled from one site and reused at another site or sold to a completely different owner. This reuse shows how the industry can promote a forward-thinking approach to the future of construction. 

 

Incorporating Technologies

Technology is moving at a breakneck speed, and every sector has to aim to keep up with developments. The construction industry is no different, and the modular building sector is uniquely placed to manage advances in processes and equipment. 

Factory manufacturing is well regarded as keeping up with the latest progress in efficiency. From warehouse management systems to automated processes and the latest equipment and training, factory manufacturing always has productivity at its heart. Staying ahead of the latest developments is crucial to a lean factory environment.

Modular building is leading the way in technologies in the construction sector, and this doesn’t end during the manufacturing process. Because of the unique way that modular buildings are built, they can incorporate technology into the buildings themselves. 

A new modular building can make sure that your business stays online and at the forefront of technology with data ports, incorporated networking and audio-visual equipment. The bespoke nature of modular buildings allows businesses to discuss any additional features that could be integrated to improve their performance. 

Interior of a modular classroom showing rows of desks.

Improving Convenience 

The bespoke nature of modular buildings really showcases how they are leading the way in keeping up with the changing construction landscape. Consumer needs change over time, and businesses need to be able to respond to what their customers want. The construction industry also has to keep up with the developments that companies are looking to make for their customers. 

Modular buildings give businesses the ability to adapt much faster than traditional construction. As previously mentioned, the construction time of a modular building is significantly faster than a bricks and mortar structure. The time savings can be around 75% faster than expected compared to a traditional build. This makes it a convenient option for businesses looking to adapt their working environments to respond to change. 

 

PF Modular are leading modular building manufacturers. 

Having been manufacturing modular buildings since 2005, PF Modular has developed vast knowledge to stay ahead of changes in the industry. Our expertise allows us to make innovative decisions that benefit our customers and the construction industry as a whole. 

We are industry leaders in creating cost-effective, top-quality modern modular buildings that stand the test of time. Our bespoke buildings give our customers the ultimate state-of-the-art workspaces that are easily renovated to keep up with demand and changes in developments. 

If you are looking for fast and competitive business premises, then speak to a member of the skilled team at PF Modular

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