What is modular construction?

Modular construction goes by many names: prefabricated, rapid build, relocatable, demountable, or transportable. All it means is that the pieces of the building are constructed in a factory, then transported to the final location and assembled. It’s sort of the building equivalent of flatpack furniture. This provides many benefits over traditional building construction.

Is modular the same as prefab?

All modular buildings are prefabricated but not all prefabricated buildings are modular. However, all the buildings that WIBS manufactures are modular, so we often use the words interchangeably.

Modular construction goes by many names: prefabricated, rapid build, relocatable, demountable, or transportable.

What are the benefits of modular construction?

  • It’s sustainable: the process is more efficient than traditional construction, which minimises waste and energy usage
  • It’s faster: weather and other factors that can cause major delays are avoided in a factory
  • It’s cheaper: shorter construction time means a cheaper service
  • It’s safe: modular construction is subject to the same safety and quality requirements as traditional construction. On top of that, the controlled factory environment makes it easier to minimise workplace hazards like trips and falls
  • The design can be customised: modular buildings can be designed to meet the needs of your project

What are the types of modular structures?

There are many ways to construct prefab buildings, but WIBS uses two main designs: Sandwich Panel, and Steel Frame.

Difference between Sandwich Panels and Steel Frame?

Sandwich panels come with pre-installed insulation so they are quicker and cheaper to build. The exterior can be customised with cladding, and the insulation (known as R-value) can only be ordered at set ratings. This makes them great for functional spaces like coolrooms, freezers, equipment shelters, switchrooms, and control rooms.

Steel frames have insulation and cladding added after the frame is assembled. They can be customised with curved walls, trusses, an exact insulation rating, and a greater range of colour. This makes them perfect for community centres, pavilions, classrooms, etc.

Will I need a building permit?

It depends on the type of the building. Permanent buildings always need permits, whereas temporary buildings often don’t.

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