A prefabricated building offers a practical alternative to a conventional building if you want to create extra space or build an entire facility on a tight budget and timeframe. These highly durable constructions are strong and long-lasting, and they can be tailored to almost any application. They are quick and easy to assemble and dismantle, making them suitable for use anywhere, including on temporary construction sites or in remote location
What is a prefabricated building? How are they made?
A prefabricated building is a construction made remotely in sections (modules). Each component is manufactured with innovative materials and cutting-edge technology to ensure consistent quality. The sections are completely insulated and arrive pre-cut with electric and utility connections for convenient installation. Each module is designed to slot together seamlessly to form a fully functional building, then flat-packed and shipped to the site—this streamlined build process results in savings of more than 30% in most cases.
The advantages of prefabricated buildings
Aside from time and budget benefits, modular constructions enjoy many other advantages, including:
- They can be repurposed and reused.
Unlike conventional structures, a prefabricated building is built to withstand multiple assemblies. They arrive at the site in a container, where a small team can use simple tools to unload each element and erect them on a simple concrete foundation. Lifting hooks and all the necessary fixtures are provided, and you can assemble most prefab buildings in just a few hours. Likewise, if the time comes to move on or repurpose the building, the structure can be dismantled and relocated. This makes modular buildings ideal for temporary construction sites or disaster relief zones.
- Quality assured.
The materials that form a prefabricated building are carefully chosen and optimised to suit their purpose and environment. The state-of-the-art technology employed during the manufacturing process ensures each element is precision cut and of a uniform quality that meets EU, UK, and US building codes. The end structure also adheres to current seismic and cyclonic regulations and often performs better than many traditional buildings in extreme climatic conditions.
- Highly versatile.
Although many standard modular buildings are designed for a purpose, e.g., as offices, accommodation, locker rooms, canteens, or to provide sanitary facilities, the interior and exterior of each can be highly customised. The galvanised steel frames can include additional strength to withstand multiple assemblies, the interior can be altered to accommodate extra rooms or features, and you can add many security and aesthetic elements.
Due to the precision technology used to make prefabricated buildings, waste materials are kept to a minimum and harmful carbon emissions from heavy machinery are eliminated. In addition, the light foundations required to place a prefab structure mean the site and environment can recover quickly if the building is removed.
Want to know more about prefabricated buildings?
If you are interested in purchasing a prefabricated building or if you want to know more about modular construction, contact Module T now.