The future of building
How it all began
We’ll never know the name of the Homo-sapiens who realised that if you mix clay and water, then let it dry, a brick is formed. Someone else figured out that if you secure bricks together with mud it makes a building. Whoever those people were, their simple and ingenious inventions are still in use. We’ve since added wood, glass, pipes and wiring to the mix. Although the basic rules of construction have remained the same. But we’re a restless species. Always searching for better ways of doing something.
There’s always a better way
Modular buildings aren’t constructed using traditional methods. They’re manufactured in factories, then transported to the site for assembly. This process has many advantages over conventional methods. Because construction occurs under the factory roof, it isn’t delayed by the weather. With all materials to hand, there’s no waiting for lorries to arrive on time. Quality control is easier to manage. Health and safety issues like working at height or in dusty environments don’t exist. The result is a building constructed safely and to a very high standard. Manufacturers are so confident that they now offer a 25-year warranty as standard. Compare that to the 10-year NHBC warranty for traditional builds.
But not everyone is yet to be convinced. It’s natural for people to question new ways of doing something old. Constructing buildings on-site is how it’s always been. If it works, why fix it? But think of this. Would you expect your new washing machine to be sent to you in loose parts, then assembled in your home? You’d want it built and tested before it was delivered, right? You’d want to know it worked before you got it. That’s what the builders of modular homes do. They don’t dispatch until the building is ready for use; unlike traditional builds that need snagging on-site before they can be signed off.
Benefits for build-to-rent
Modular building construction is becoming increasingly popular with landlords. And it’s not difficult to see why. Buildings are often ready in half the time; providing a quicker return on investment. Compared to modular design, traditional constructions are beginning to look unnecessarily complex. Consider property inventories, the legal documents that detail the condition and contents of a property prior to tenancy. Although solutions like Inventory Hive have made indexing and reporting easy, property inventories still involve some work, learn more. Modular builds, with their effective construction methods and materials, are simpler to maintain. And as a result, easier to monitor.
We’ve come a long way since those first two bricks were stuck together. Improvements in technology have allowed us to live in safer and better homes. Modular building design and construction is the latest level in the evolution of architecture. We’re at the beginning of a new dawn. And it’s looking good.