September 17, 2020

How Modular Construction is Apt for Constraint Residential Building Spaces

The urban spaces in Canadian cities are growing every year and getting denser. As a result, project managers around the country are scrambling to design and build residential projects that can accommodate in the constrictive environment of the urban sprawl without risking damage to the surrounding communities while maximizing efficiency. If you are one of them, you must consider modular construction methods over traditional ones for the following reasons.

Easier Access to Tight Spaces

Conventional residential structures are entirely constructed on site, beginning with the foundation, followed by beams and pillars, and ending with the walls and other structural elements. Such a construction method requires a lot of space on-site to accommodate the various equipment, machinery, and the workforce. It becomes challenging to construct traditional structures on sites that lack the luxury of open space.

The solution, then, is to opt for modular constructions. Residential modular buildings are constructed in a controlled environment of a factory off-site. Once the modules are manufactured, they are transported to the site using semi-trucks. The construction contractors then use small-operating-radius cranes to lift and place the modules according to the project design, even at awkward angles with constricting surroundings. This process requires minimal workforce and equipment.

Fewer Disruptions

Another problem with constructing traditional residential units at confined spaces is that they can cause a lot of disruption and annoyance to the surrounding community. Major construction projects require constant inflow and outflow of heavy vehicles and equipment, which can cause traffic congestions on the street. The conventional construction method itself is quite harmful to the environment as it leads to light, noise, and dust pollution, which can be bad for those living in the vicinity.

On the other hand, modular construction methods are much less troublesome for the neighbourhood. Since modules are constructed on an assembly line in a factory, there is less carbon footprint, and they also do not bother the community with light and noise pollution for months. The module assembly only takes a few days on the site, and it is much less bothersome.

An added benefit of fewer disruptions is that it makes it easy to apply for local permissions that may restrict the movement of vehicles or cause disturbance to the neighbourhood. While traditional construction projects may require clearances lasting for months, residential modular buildings only need a few days of the same.

Safer Construction Environment

Construction sites are risky for those working there as well as the general public. They are full of heavy equipment that can fail and cause damage to property and life. However, with modular constructions, that is not the case. Modules are constructed in factories and only require assembly on site. This minimal process requires less equipment and workforce, making the overall procedure much safer for everyone involved.

Residential modular buildings are growing in number in the tight confines of the urban spaces for good reasons. If you are planning a project in such places, feel free to contact Northgate Industries for more details.

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