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Poll results - Modular housing is here to stay

17/06/2019
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Last week we asked EngineeringPro readers about the increasing popularity of modular housing, and whether this form of offsite construction is really the future of the industry, or just a short-term trend. 

You responded with a strong vote of confidence in the future of modular housing.

80% of EngineeringPro readers believe that there is a future for the modular housing construction industry

Modular homes are built offsite in large factories, with sections of the house then lowered into place with cranes and connected together. They’ve been growing in popularity throughout European cities and, in the past few years, have begun taking off in the UK.

80% of respondents to our poll said “Yes - the industry will continue to grow as the many benefits of modern offsite construction are realised.”

This follows the faith put into these forms of newbuild houses by major investors such as Legal & General, Goldman Sachs and Places for People.

Modular homes are built in offsite factories, with the modules later being transported and assembled to their final locations
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It’s true that there are many benefits to this form of construction. Building homes in a controlled factory environment means that it won’t be affected by weather conditions, space issues or local disruption. They can be designed for customisation, allowing purchasers to amend features to their own needs, and they can be constructed 50% faster.

Due to the streamlined process and economies of scale, builders are able to source higher grade, eco-friendly and durable materials at a lower cost.

This sort of construction has been less successful in the past, with post-war “pre-fabs” being notorious for their uninspired design and poor quality construction. But with new technologies and building materials available, modern modular housing is proving to be much more robust, efficient and reliable. 

The biggest challenge for the industry has been to overcome the negative perception of pre-fabs. But it appears that at least within the engineering professional world, that perception of modular construction has been shifted, and this form of housing is here to stay. 

What do you think?

Do you agree with the other EngineeringPro readers? Will future housing all be built in offsite factories? Or are there some benefits of traditional construction that we haven’t covered. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Recent Comments
modular houses will be of great relief to government and people in sub-sahara africa. I am based in Nigeria and i will appreciate most sincerely if I can be contacted by officials of these modular housing program with a view of fostering a working relationship.
haruna-aig.ellams, 17 June 2019
Modular houses have several advantages but brings risks as well. 1. Being pre-fabricated, mistakes of connectivity/insulation are late discovered (when the modules are connected), rendering difficult, time consuming and costly to fix problems. 2.- It increases the speed of construction at site but substantially increases the construction time off-site. Summing the two, the construction actually take same or longer. 2. Modular requires more material as each unit need to be self-bearing. 3.- The design is still limited by the fact each units has to be self bearing. Modular is suitable for certain circumstances. While we look at it with interest in this moment we believe prefabricated wall and floors to have advantages in a larger number of circumstancies. finsgroup.net
alessandro ferrari, 19 June 2019
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