We answer the question: What is modular construction?


Module lowered by crane onto house


Answer: It is a type of construction. Specifically, it’s a method of off-site construction. This means buildings are constructed somewhere other than their final location. Modular homes are constructed in pieces, “modules” inside factories. Once complete, they are transported to their final location for assembly and final details are added. These include pieces like porches, decks, and decorative features. Check out a video of the module installation process here.


Inside a modular home factory


Below we share content from industry group, Modular Building Institute (MBI,) which provides valuable information on modular construction standards, practices, and benefits:
  • “Modular construction is a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities – but in about half the time. Buildings are produced in “modules” that when put together on site, reflect the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated site-built facility – without compromise.
  • The factory-controlled process generates less waste, creates fewer site disturbances and allows for tighter construction.
  • Construction of modular buildings occurs simultaneously with site work, allowing projects to be completed in half the time of traditional construction.
  • Modular buildings are built with the same materials and to the same building codes and architectural specifications as traditional construction. Once assembled, they are virtually indistinguishable from their site-built counterparts.”

Check out the entire webpage here.

Module lifted by crane