A modular approach to meet future housing needs

Modular buildings help builders and developers to meet higher code levels for sustainable homes, while achieving performance, schedules and cost requirements.

The residential property sector embraces construction outside the office as a method to achieve increasingly stringent building regulations, coupled with the need to reduce unit costs and meet a more stringent development schedule. The innovation in this industry means that modular buildings can now be as individuals and unique such as houses built with traditional building methods. The increasingly stringent performance requirements of the code for sustainable homes also means that many in the new development sector sees offsite as a method of guaranteeing they can meet this enhanced performance level. Offsite architects and companies work together closer than before to overcome how housing requirements in the future can be fulfilled.

Home builders are under increased pressure to ship homes that combine sustainable development methods. The new generation of offsite buildings ‘hybrid’ means it is also possible for green technology to be included, for example, harvesting rainwater, solar photovoltaics, or green roofs, and mechanical ventilation with a heat recovery system (MVHR), all of which are increasing the sustainability of the building.

With modular construction, the panel is priorized in a factory-controlled environment, which means that the level of performance is guaranteed. It also ensures that maintenance costs are lower during the building period, because buildings are produced to meet strict construction standards.

For all these reasons, construction outside the office provides a solution, which allows shorter development time, less termination due to bad weather, fewer waste and lower environmental impacts. Modular buildings also have the benefits of optimizing transportation, which means fewer shipping to the location, therefore increases green building credentials and also gives fewer disruptions to the population.

And meet exceptional performance requirements, the latest offsite solution also allows much house builders London greater design flexibility. This can include the integration of non-rectangular modules and the introduction of angular glazed walls, all of which increase diversity and interest in developments with several units. This design flexibility helps change the construction perception outside the location held by many people who wrongly see it as quite formulas.

In fact, building offsite can allow greater flexibility than traditional buildings and also development can benefit from a much lower carbon footprint. Many housing associations are looking to determine carbon building products that are widely contained in new homes that contain high-level recycled materials and once again this can be easily determined in buildings outside the office.

Modular buildings are now adopted to build all apartment blocks, because single living accommodation units can be produced quickly and effectively and stacked, with all the performance and benefits of aesthetics.

Another interesting factor for the housing sector is the standardization and economic scale offered by modular construction methods. For example, Hibred concepts have recently been developed to make a number of 4 bungalows. Because of the large number of similar units made as part of this project, clients can benefit from a new home delivered in a more affordable budget, making this an interesting choice. And this concept can be applied to a five-story building as a one-story apartment, showing system flexibility. It can also be adjusted to the code level 5 and 6, as an effective way to create the most sustainable building. Because more than 85 percent of the structure can be built in the factory, this minimizes the amount of time spent at the location.