Offsite Prefab Structure Construction – The concept of offsite modular construction
Prefab structure construction is carried out inside factories under controlled settings. There are two stages in prefabricated construction. The first stage involves the manufacturing of the components in the factories. The next step is to transport all these modules, which have to undergo quality testing to the construction site. The components are then assembled. This method of construction is faster than the traditional time-consuming onsite construction method. This is because the onsite construction can be delayed due to weather forces. Modular construction is very quick, and multi-storeyed buildings can be built in less than three months.
Advantages of Offsite Modular & Prefab structure Construction
Cost-effective: Construction in factory-like settings helps reduce construction, manpower, raw materials, water consumption, and labour cost greatly, thus reducing the overall cost.
Environment-friendly: There is almost zero wastage in modular construction. The little waste that may be generated during construction can be managed much more effectively since most of the construction happens inside a factory in a controlled environment.
Strong structure: The different parts of the building that are manufactured in the factory are more robust and durable than the traditionally made ones.
Modular buildings not only fulfil the client’s design requirements but also are able to withstand transport loads as the modules are transported to the site of the building.
Less construction time: Modular construction is driven by technology, and hence the construction gets over in a lesser time than traditional construction. Producing top-quality and custom-built buildings and facilities also give the construction company better control over the project submission time and hence, keeps his customers happy. Also, the health of the workers is not at risk of inclement weather.
Uniform quality: The different parts of the modular building are made of uniform quality. This is because the manufacturing takes place in regulated environmental conditions by following specified standards.
Audibility: The quality of sound in modular homes is much better than the traditionally built houses. This is because, in traditional homes, sound travels through the walls and ceiling. To suppress this noise, floating floors are often used. In modular homes, each sub-assemble is a separate construction. The modules assembled does not transfer sound from one to another.
Better labour management: Lack of skilled labour is probably the fiercest challenge faced by the construction industry. Since prefabricated construction is more technology-driven and less labour intensive compared to the traditional form of construction, the prefab structure manufacturer does not have to face this tough challenge.
While the modular construction industry has a good share of opportunities in India, the concept, however, is still in its nascent stage. This revolution is comparatively new among Indian developers and homebuyers, making it tough for the overall growth of the industry, especially in the residential sector. Prefab construction companies need to make the concept and its benefits clear to the people and create more awareness and education about the effectiveness of this innovative construction method. Making use of such technology will be the only remedy to India’s increasing shortage of housing.