Prefabrication offers a number of key benefits which is why it is becoming widely adopted in commercial and residential construction. The term ‘prefabrication’ has been around for decades and is used on commercial projects and residential construction all over the world. Prefabricated and modular building services are popular because they are cost-effective, safe, time-saving and eco-friendly. In this article, we’ll be exploring in more detail why prefabricated and modular building services are the trending construction method for today and the future.
Prefabricated mechanical, electrical & plumbing systems
Prefabricated mechanical, electrical & plumbing systems are the future because they help to build faster and more efficiently. Building services are constructed in modules or on skids/frames that can be delivered ‘just in time’ and installed with minimal time. Modules are constructed off-site in a controlled factory environment, thereby avoiding the implications associated with adverse weather, working at heights, and multi-trade congestion that exists on site.
Modular and prefabricated buildings
Starting in the early 1990s, engineers replaced common concrete and steel-framed homes with modular homes. Prefabricated and modular buildings are constructed in a factory before being transported to the construction site. This method is particularly popular because it’s quicker than traditional methods of construction, whilst still allowing flexibility in design, enhanced quality due to factory quality control, and improved safety.
Where you can use modular building services
Modular building services can be provided in a wide variety of industries and to cover a variety of different need cases. They offer a cost-effective, fast and reliable alternative to traditional methods of construction. From hospitals to airports, high rise residential and commercial to data centres, modular and prefabricated building service solutions can be designed for many purposes. Vertical risers are commonly used within high rise developments, as are corridor modules. Plant room skids and modularised plant rooms are a great solution for both new builds and for replacement of existing services.
Prefabrication beyond building services
The future of prefabrication is bright. The global sector of prefabrication was valued at US$20B in 2016, forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21% over the 2015-2022 period reaching $27B by 2024. This increase will be driven by the availability of new construction methods which enable cost-cutting and extra time for design. This is set to be dominated by modular construction and whole structure system building techniques. A study conducted by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) found that when compared to traditional construction methods, prefabricated buildings offer savings up to 20% over standard construction costs for commercial office space.
The global construction market is well known to have become an extremely competitive market with the increasing amount of contracting companies and building types. Every company wants to reduce costs, increase profit margins, and gain the best share of the market from other contractors. From a client’s perspective, it is about certainty surrounding project completion and the opportunity to be ‘open for business’ and receiving revenues faster.
As a result of this modern reality, most buildings in future will be built with prefabrication considered from the design phase with experts predicting that typical planning and construction time will be reduced from as long as thirty months to only four.
The prefabricated and modular building industry has seen major growth in the last decade, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. The benefits of prefabricated and modular building services have been proven time and time again, and the Australian construction eco-system can continue to evolve and benefit from the methodology.