Dynamic and versatile in every sense, modular buildings have gained traction in recent years and are without a doubt gaining immense popularity as an alternative to the cumbersome and costly conventional building methods. In spite of its popularity and underlying benefits, there are still a number of people who are hesitant on settling on modular buildings as their preferred construction method for a given project. The hesitation is informed by a number of myths propagated by opponents of modular buildings. In that wavelength, we are going to bust and debunk modular buildings myth with the hope that it gives you a clear picture of what they are and how you stand to benefit from using, say, modular education buildings.
Myth #1: modular buildings are temporary
Granted, this was the largely held belief when modular buildings were introduced in the market. However, technological advancements in building processes has indeed made modular structures durable and capable of lasting for decades. The simplicity of modular structures shouldn’t be mistaken to mean that they can’t last for a long time. This is a fallacy, a myth which organizations shouldn’t buy into.
Myth #2: modular buildings are of inferior quality
It should be categorically stated that the inferiority argument has no factual basis because, modular building is a method and not a product that can be measured on the basis of superiority or inferiority. The major difference between onsite construction and modular construction methods is that modular takes place in a controlled factory environment and the modules will eventually be assembled on site upon completion of construction. In any case, modular buildings use the same building codes, materials and undergo strict quality assurance tests as is the case with conventional buildings.
Myth #3: Modular buildings do not have design flexibility
The fact of the matter is that there is not a one size fits all when it comes to modular buildings. Modular buildings are constructed based on organizations needs and specific requirements and ascribe to different designs. The assumption that there is no design flexibility is therefore fallacious. The only limitation has to do with the fact that the modules have to be transported through roads and highways and this might at times impact on the size.
Myth #4: modular buildings are unsustainable
The fact is that modular buildings are built using the same materials as the conventional buildings that we are used to. It would therefore be foolhardy to say that modular education buildings or medical centers are unsustainable. What differs is the process but the materials are pretty much the same. There is also the benefit of easy relocation and modification when it comes to the use of modular buildings.
Myth #5: Modular building is unreliable, untested and a new concept
This couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth of the matter is that modular buildings have been perfected over the decades and have been useful in the education industry, health industry, real estate industry just to mention but a few. The process has also been undergoing improvements over the years and therefore it would be fallacious for anyone to hold the view that modular buildings are unreliable, untested and a brand new concept.