Benefits of Modular Construction
There are a few reasons modular buildings have become a preferred building process for the agricultural and commercial industries in recent years. Here are some of the advantages behind their popularity:
- Environmentally friendly – Modular buildings are specifically designed for relocation and reuse, while the controlled, offsite manufacturing process reduces material waste.
- Faster to construct – Construction and site work proceeds simultaneously, while also eliminating weather delays through indoor construction, which makes for 30% – 50% faster completion times.
- Smarter construction – There is decreased risk of accidents and liability along with improved quality and precision from manufacturing within a controlled environment. This environment also means modular buildings have limitless design options.
How long do modular buildings last?
The durability of modular buildings very much depends on different variables in their construction and materials, SmartShelters use the highest quality galvanised steel, fabric and timber for our Modular Buildings to ensure long lasting durability. Another variable for the longevity of your Modular Building depends on whether they are built as temporary or permanent structures. Temporary modular buildings, or Relocatable Buildings (RB), are designed to be reused or repurposed multiple times and generally built to last around 30 years, though with appropriate upkeep and maintenance, they are likely to last a lot longer.
For Permanent Modular Construction (PMC), developers and architects hone the use of robust, durable, and stronger materials that can stand the test of time and weather conditions. They can potentially last for centuries and their lifespan improves with appropriate upkeep and maintenance.
What Types of Modular Buildings Exist?
SmartShelters focus on a range of modular buildings from agricultural uses like farm sheds, covered arenas, composting barns, and livestock shelters to industrial and large scale commercial uses such as aircraft hangars or boat storage, machinery sheds, emergency and military shelters, and container shelters. Options include container shelters for your workshop, garage, service bay, or general storage areas; habitat shelters such as modular farm buildings or composting barns; PortaSpans to span between Portable Insulated Panel buildings, typically used for office space or housing; and small portable shelters such as container devanning shelters, concrete curing tents, and mobile yard shelters.
What Industries Typically Use Modular Construction?
This is a non exhaustive list of industries that typically use Modular buildings based on their needs for versatile structures and quick relocation facilities:
- Animal husbandry
- Agriculture and farming
- Construction and manufacturing
- Industrial Machinery
- Aviation and marine
- Storage and freight
- Shipping and transportation
- Disaster response
- Government agencies
- Housing and shelter
Cost Effectiveness of Modular Shelters
Modular construction is generally cheaper than conventional construction due to the efficiency of off site manufacturing leading to less disruption on site, a shorter construction time means less time or rent spent in other facilities. Additionally, design is incorporated in the process of the build, so there’s no need to spend on architect fees as well as build costs.