Modular, or pre-fabricated, buildings are nothing new but modern designs, high quality materials and the desperate need for more space mean that their use is dramatically on the rise. Shabby post-war school buildings and temporary, badly-made holiday chalets of the past have given modular buildings a bad name. However, with better quality materials and components being used in their manufacture and so many benefits to using them, construction experts are predicting their extensive use in the coming years.
The benefits of modular buildings
- Time-saving – the most appealing benefit of modular buildings is the speed at which they can be constructed. As the main components are constructed in a factory, they can be fabricated at the same time as the foundations are being laid and are not subject to weather-related hold-ups. Quick installation time is particularly useful for businesses and public sector buildings, such as schools, as it minimises disruption, saving both time and money.
- Environmentally-friendly – modular buildings also save resources and reduce waste so are kinder to the environment than traditionally built buildings. The factory setting means it is much easier to recycle materials and even reuse and reconfigure whole pre-fabricated buildings. Reduced time on site also means fewer machines and vehicles polluting and less energy required. According to industry statistics, this method of building is also safer for workers and leads to fewer accidents.
- Fewer hands required – construction companies across the UK are finding it increasingly difficult to hire the staff they need for traditional building methods. Quick and easy installation means onsite workers are needed and the work is less labour intensive.
- Strong Designs – it’s a common misconception that modular buildings are not as strong or well-built as traditionally constructed ones. They are, in fact, stronger, as the components are designed to withstand the strains of transport and assembly using cranes. Both types of construction use similar materials but different methods. Fabricating components in a factory also improves the level of quality control and, as materials are kept inside, they don’t suffer the deteriorating effects of the elements.
Silicone Rubber in Construction
Silicone rubber is among the materials used by both construction types, but is particularly suitable for modular builds because of its strength, flexibility and versatility. It also comes in fire retardant varieties and is generally very hard wearing.
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