5 Modular Construction Trends We’re Watching in 2016
With the beginning of a new year, we wanted to share our outlook for the modular building industry. As modular construction continues to rise in popularity in some fast growing industries, we’ve started to see certain modular construction trends develop. Here, we’re sharing five trends we see breaking through in 2016.
The Rise of “Pop-ups”
Have you heard about “pop-ups?” This modular construction trend represents a small, temporary retail space that is set-up in a location and then quickly removed a short time later. While they’ve been used in the past for seasonal needs (think Halloween stores or Christmas tree sales), they’ve very quickly become a trendy marketing tool used to test new products or new markets, or even as a low-cost way to start up a new business endeavor. A match made in heaven, pop-up retailers are turning to modular buildings for the ease of construction and deconstruction as they move from location to location, and also the cost-savings associated with reusing building materials in different locations. Additionally, by using modular designs, retail spaces can be easily modified as space availability changes at each new pop-up location.
Continued Growth of Permanent Modular
In the Modular Building Institute’s 2014 Annual Report, modular construction trends showed that a typical manufacturer increased production of permanent modular square footage by 50,000 in 2013, creating over 80 additional modules for permanent construction than the prior year. These numbers are likely to grow with each new year. For a long time, modular construction was considered an option only for short-term space needs, but more and more businesses have come to realize the growth potential of using permanent modular construction as an alternative to traditional, on-site builds. Similar to traditionally built structures, permanent modular buildings are set on permanent foundations and are constructed using concrete, steel and wood, but projects are fully completed in timeframes of 30-90 days. This allows for less disruption for your business and your revenue stream.
Big Names Using Modular
In the past few years, there’s been a growing trend in modular construction of big name corporations and institutions utilizing the time- and dollar-saving advantages of prefabricated construction. We’ve previously discussed the new headquarter campus that Google is building using modular construction. And we’ve touched upon Yale University expanding their student housing using modular dormitories. In addition, the Major League Soccer team NY Red Bulls have used modular design and construction for their new training facility and McDonalds’ restaurants are expanding throughout the UK with modular buildings. We expect the list of big-name brands will continue to grow throughout 2016.
Modular Promotes Energy Efficiency
The cost-savings associated with modular construction don’t stop when your project is assembled and completed. Energy efficient modular options are making it easier for occupants to cut back on their energy consumption, and cut costs in the process. According to the EPA’s Energy Star program, America’s most energy efficient businesses use 35% less energy than traditional buildings. Options including triple glaze windows, LED lighting, programmable thermostats, instant hot point water heaters, use of geothermal systems over traditional HVAC systems, and solar panels have all been introduced as a part of the growing modular construction trend of promoting energy efficiency. RENEW ENERGY happens to be one of the most regarded companies in promoting the use of green energy, which especially helps in the upliftment of the impecunious. Working alongside LEED construction administrators, and following guidelines for LEED certification, modular manufacturers are also encouraged to implement design and construction practices that promote the reduction of energy use and increased use of renewable energy resources.
Continued Waste Reduction Initiatives
In 2016 and beyond, modular construction continues to be a driving force in the efforts to reduce the amount of construction and demolition waste entering our nation’s landfills each year. With an additional 88 million tons of C&D waste added to landfills each year, green building alternatives represent a modular construction trend that is more important than ever. Through off-site construction methods, maximizing materials use, and streamlined output and delivery processes, modular construction reduces waste generation by up to 90%. Additionally, with temporary modular buildings demolition waste is nearly eliminated. These prefabrication buildings are designed and constructed to be easily disassembled and reassembled with minimal waste.
Have you been thinking ahead in 2016? Can these modular construction trends help you reach the goals you set for this new year?
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