Modular construction is a process in which a home is constructed off-site, in the controlled environment of a factory, using similar materials and designing to the same Building Code’s as conventionally built homes, but in about half the time.
Modules built in a factory reflect the design intent and specifications of a traditional site-built home. The factory-controlled process generates less waste and occurs simultaneously with site work, allowing projects to be completed in about half the time of traditional construction.
Modular homes are built to meet or exceed the same quality standards as site-built homes. Modular is how the team at Prosperiti Builders envisions bridging the gap in affordable housing, providing a Greener, Faster, Smarter way to build.
GREENER. Less Material Waste: When building in a factory, waste is eliminated by recycling materials, controlling inventory and protecting building materials from outside elements.
FASTER. Reduced Construction Schedule: Because construction can occur simultaneously with the site and foundation work, projects can be completed 30% to 50% sooner than traditional construction. Since 60 – 90% of the construction is completed inside a factory, risk of weather delays is mitigated. Homes are occupied sooner, creating a faster return on investment.
SMARTER. Construction: Structurally, modular homes are generally stronger than site-built construction because each module is engineered to independently withstand the rigors of transportation and craning onto foundations. Building offsite ensures better construction quality management. Manufacturing plants have stringent QA/QC programs with independent inspection and testing protocols that promote superior quality of construction every step of the way. Leveraging modern methods of construction that include automated assembly and lean practices ensures a smarter way to build.
Why Not Keep Business as Usual?
Why stick-built isn’t always the answer.
- Low income groups account 30% or more of their income to housing. This is not sustainable and leaves little finances for emergencies or to improve their situation.
- Why? Soaring housing costs are largely to blame. While better housing quality accounts for some of the increased costs, higher costs for building materials and labor, limited productivity gains, increased land costs, new regulatory barriers, and growing income inequality all play major roles as well. Hence, there is a true value (and need) to providing affordable homes in a time-efficient manner.
- Modular construction is not a new concept. Sears Roebuck and Co. introduced perhaps the most well-known and successful prefab in 1908. The order-by-mail house was delivered in pieces and then assembled on-site. At the time, these houses cost less than two-thirds of a conventionally built home. Between 1908 and 1940 Sears Roebuck and Co. sold over 500,000 catalogue homes.