What are the benefits of modular construction?
Thu, 29 Jun 2017
There are many advantages to modular construction over traditional site builds.
But first what do we mean by modular construction and how does it work?
This is when a house is built off-site, in our case a factory. Our homes consist of standardised modules, which can be purchased as a standalone dwelling or joined together to create a larger home to suit a variety of needs and budgets. There are also investor modules available, which consist of two or more dwellings joined together either as a single level, two storey, or duplex configuration.
To build our homes we use traditional timber framing and follow the same building code and checks as a traditional site build. Once the module(s) is complete inside and outside - including all fittings (such as the kitchen and bathroom), plumbing, electrical, windows, doors, floor coverings, and paint, the house is transported to the prepared site and placed on piles. Minimal site works are required once the house arrives, so you can be in your new home as soon as the services are connected and decks built!
This type of construction means we build in a more time efficient and cost-effective way with better quality control than many traditional site builds. There is also the added bonus of lower environmental impact.
Faster, Smarter Building
One of the primary benefits of modular construction is the time it takes to build a new home. This is right from the beginning - we don't need to spend the time designing a house or submitting consents - we've already done that and we know our design works. Whereas a site build can take a year or more to build, our homes are built in a few months. Your house is being built at the same time as site preparation and consent processing is occurring. In addition, our builders are never rained off or have to deal with flooding, leaks, and, other disasters that can happen on site!
The faster build time also makes modular construction more cost effective as you are in your new home quicker and making mortgage payments or seeing sooner returns on your investment property.
Modular construction is also generally cheaper than a site build - this is because:
- we replicate our design saving costs on architect fees (which can be $30,000 for a bespoke design), lower consent fees as we have a multi-proof consent, and
- materials do not need to be sourced for every new build - we've found the best materials at the lowest price for you.
The materials used in our homes are the same, if not better, than the ones used to construct a house on site with added quality control. As the houses need to be transported they must withstand being transported long distances and in some cases craned onto foundations - this means the house can be more durable than a site build.
There is an additional benefit to factory built homes according to research (1); improved air quality. A site build is not protected from the elements and this can cause indoor air quality issues from high moisture levels, which can be trapped in the framing materials for on-site builds leading to mould growth. As our materials are housed in a dry factory damage and excess moisture build up is eliminated.
Modular construction also offers greater quality control through the factory build process as there are less gaps and tighter construction. Tighter construction also leads to better air quality as the buildings are weather tight - this also means there is increased energy efficiency saving you money in the long term.
Lower Environmental Impact
Last, but not least, there are environmental impact and sustainability benefits to Matrix Homes construction. Modular construction means there is less material waste as the design is replicated we only order what we need. We have fewer materials being replaced due to damage by the elements. There is also less disturbance to your site. There are fewer vehicles and equipment driven to your site every day. And there is less noise pollution - your neighbours don't have to listen to a noisy building site every day for a year!
There are a lot of other benefits to building in this way - you can add to a module later on or transport the house to another site. Building this way is practical and the way of the future!
(1) Muhamad, F. M., Mohammad, F. M., Mohd, R. Y. & Rohana, M., 2014. Characteristics of Modular Construction: Meeting the Needs of Sustainability and Innovation. Selangor, Research Gate.