If you have been investigating the different options available to you, you will undoubtedly have come across the terms ‘prefab’ and ‘modular construction’. Contrary to popular belief, these are not the same. More accurately, ‘modular construction’ is a specific type of or approach to ‘prefabrication’.
Prefabrication, or ‘prefab’ for short, refers to the process of some parts and elements of a building being constructed off-site inside a factory. These parts are then shipped or transported by road to the site area and either erected or sited there.
Modular construction refers to the process of building an entire unit off-site. These units are essentially transported or shipped as ready-built buildings or rooms stacked together, and require very minimal installation when they arrive on-site.
While there is a difference between prefab and modular construction, both approaches offer numerous benefits to the end-user when compared to traditional building construction. For example, they:
- Help to lessen the effect on the environment
- Allow for a greater sense of control
- Streamline schedules and save time
- Reduce potential logistical challenges.