Government urged to accelerate Modular Building
Cast Consultancy & LTNA Architects have recently published a report in an effort to plea to the government to work together with the housing industry to push modular homes to the forefront of their “Build, Build, Build” agenda.
The argument put forth from Mike De’Arth, partner at HTA Design, and Mark Farmer, founder, and CEO of Cast Consultancy is that with government support, the construction industry has the capacity to produce up to 75,000 well-designed new homes per year by 2030. This could create 50,000 new jobs and reduce carbon emissions by 40%. And although the modular construction has been gradually increasing in popularity over the years, it’s not nearly utilised to the best of its ability and this needs to change.
There are a lot of benefits to Modular building and it’s a fast-growing industry. Green Modular have broken it down into the top ten benefits:
1. Speed of build.
Unlike traditional construction methods, modular construction can be completed 30-50% quicker meaning the indoor construction process can take place alongside site and foundations work without worrying about delays.
2. Off-site construction.
Modular buildings are built off-site in flat-packed panels ready to be built together. It helps to ensure better quality management and provides less disruption to the building process as a whole.
3. Minimal impact on your business.
One of the main benefits of modular building is that it removes 80% of the construction activity away from the site location.
4. Eco-friendly Materials.
Modular buildings are much kinder to the environment than traditional uses of construction with the use of eco-friendly building materials and recycled materials. Not to mention it ensures less waste too.
Flexible payment options and shorter construction time make modular construction very cost-effective. Another benefit is the bonus of the design service being included in the overall package, eliminating additional costs of paying architects.
6. Attractive design.
Modular constructions are an attractive addition to schools, businesses, and residential properties thanks to there innovative and practical design; using high-quality sustainable building materials and modern methods and styles.
7. Bespoke options available.
One of the main advantages of modular building is the bespoke design, with each building being tailored to your wants and needs.
8. Flexibility of use.
Modular buildings are incredibly flexible thanks to their bespoke designs they can be modified easily to meet your needs.
9. High-quality construction.
A great benefit to indoor construction means that quality and safety are guaranteed and that the building materials are protected from moisture and weather disruptions during the complete process.
10. Durable materials.
Modular construction is built to last by using the most durable materials available.
(Green Modular, 2020)
So with all the benefits to modular construction, why isn’t it more popular within the construction industry?
Environmental Journal claims when most British citizens hear ‘Module housing’, they often refer back to the prefabricated homes that were produced to amend the housing shortage that fell after the Second World War.
From spring 1946, more than 156,000 pre-fab houses were erected across the UK in record time as a temporary solution envisaged to last no longer than ten years. The houses were typically bungalows and while much-loved by residents, were built in a style which gained a bad reputation for being low quality and unsightly.
(Environmental Journal, 2020)
Although this was over 70 years ago, the impact had residual effects on the public's view of modular building.
This is what Mike De’Arth and Mark Farmer are trying to eradicate by producing their report to the government.
The report highlights the benefits of modular building and showcases the stunning designs that have been completed by using modular construction methods.
For their vision to work they need the government to not only back traditional construction growth but also that of modular and off-site construction, which would no doubt benefit the country’s growth in the commercial sector and residential housing sectors.
You can read the full report here: