Labor Efficiency of Modular Construction

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• Modular buildings are 60% to 90% completed “offsite” in a factory controlled environment, and transported and assembled at the final building site.

• Because construction of the building can occur simultaneously with the site work (or even before the site work), the traditional construction schedule is significantly compressed using modular.

• This allows for most projects to be completed 30 percent to 50 percent sooner. The coordination of trades that occurs at the factory also improves efficiency. No longer do electricians and plumbers have to wait until the entire building is framed in to begin work. No longer does the first floor need to be completed before beginning on the second. This streamlined and efficient work process results in few labor hours needed per project and fewer trips to the site.

• The factory controlled process of offsite construction also creates a safer working environment through reduced exposure to inclement weather or temperature extremes. Additionally, the potential for injury including falls, the most common work site risk, is much lower.

• Modular facilities are also built with the same materials and to the same codes and specifications as conventional construction just built off-site in a quality-controlled environment. Less labor hours required to build the same building means more efficiency and cost savings using modular construction.


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