Modular construction is a home building process in which certain portions are pre-fabricated, built in a factory, and then joined together at the site for a completed project. Often schools, hotels, hospitals, and urban housing and business are constructed this way to reduce the amount of driving into the site.
The manufacturing of houses in this manner reduces waste because of factory construction and lowers at-site environmental concerns from dumping. Additionally the amount of people and traffic to the home site is decreased, which means less pollution.This makes this type of home building a viable green option.
With the use of improved 3-D modeling tools, builders can improve their productivity by reducing the cost of planning and design. Being in a controlled factory environment reduces accidents and improves overall safety. This gives the builder a far leaner and more efficient construction process.
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., in Allentown, as well as Skanska, based in Blue Bell, are two companies in PA that use the modular construction process for building home. With the improved technology, consideration for green construction, and more efficient process, many more Pennsylvania home builders will use modular construction.