If you go back in time and tell the people before civilisation that it is possible to construct a building within two weeks in the future, I’m sure no one would believe you. Who would’ve thought it would be possible to build a five-storey building in less than a year? Interestingly, we’re now living in that reality.
With modular construction, it is now possible to construct, design, and use temporary and permanent buildings easily. Its convenience has become a life-saving factor during the high of the pandemic. The healthcare industry relied on temporary healthcare buildings to quarantine infected patients.
The exciting part is that temporary buildings are becoming the top choice of many schools, healthcare facilities, and other industries. Its many advantages make it more ideal than traditional construction methods. If you’re one of the many wondering what makes temporary buildings favourable, this post is for you.
Let’s look at these five interesting facts about temporary buildings to understand why.
1. Temporary buildings are composed of ‘module’ walls from wood, steel, or cement.
Modular construction uses modules that connect to form an enclosed space. Commonly, modular buildings have modular designs that are used in buildings repeatedly. Its simple module construction makes it easy to recognise.
According to experts, modular construction uses three types of materials. They are wood, cement, and steel. The material that they’ll use will depend on the client’s requirements. If a client requires a temporary building that maintains heat, wood is the best material to use. Since wood is a good insulator, using it would help meet their needs.
On the other hand, steel is the best material for larger temporary building projects. According to them, steel is ideal for projects that demand a longer lifespan. But if you were to require a permanent modular building, cement is the best material that would definitely last.
2. They construct the modules either onsite or offsite.
Modular construction companies usually build temporary buildings in their factories. The reason why they do the work in the factory is that modular construction requires thorough monitoring. Engineers need to monitor the quality of the materials.
Aside from that, they also conduct inspections from time to time to ensure that the materials are of quality. There are also instances when a large project needs onsite construction. Modular construction companies follow specific and strict regulations when constructing temporary buildings onsite. On top of that, government and private offices will need to check and approve their plans before they can proceed.
3. Modular construction companies transport temporary buildings to their new sites.
Once the construction company finishes the project, they will transport it to its area. They use big trucks to transport the modules to their new location. That’s why companies allow the construction of other projects on site because it would be impossible to transport them.
After the temporary modular buildings arrive, they will place the building on the property’s foundation using a crane. Sealing the modular property on the foundation will make it look like it’s a permanent property. Unless you are familiar with temporary buildings, you won’t even recognise one immediately. But of course, it has to be done well to achieve that.
4. You can reuse the modules of a temporary building for a new project.
One of the strong points of modular construction is its sustainability. The thing is, even though modular properties seem ‘temporary’, they can last for decades. When the time you no longer need the property comes, companies can reuse your modules.
There will be no materials to waste when saying goodbye to a temporary building. Temporary building owners leave less environmental waste than if they were to construct traditional properties.
5. Temporary buildings are more affordable than traditionally constructed buildings.
Lastly, temporary modular buildings are more affordable than traditionally constructed buildings. Since modular properties have a fast turnaround time and are sustainable, they are more affordable than traditional properties. Hence, making them ideal for those who have a tight budget to follow.
That’s why temporary buildings appeal to many businesses. If we look back to the start of the pandemic, hospitals were able to accommodate many patients with the help of temporary healthcare buildings. Can you imagine how it would be if they waited to construct a traditional property instead? I can. And I’m sure half of the people they treated wouldn’t be here today without temporary healthcare buildings.
Temporary buildings are ideal and are a good option for many industries.
These facts simply prove how ideal temporary modular buildings are—especially for many industries. From healthcare to education, temporary modular buildings make learning and life convenient. But truthfully, these facts are just some of the many why temporary buildings are slowly rising. There are more that prove how practical and sufficient they are.
About the author:
Bianca Banda is a writer for Flex by MTX, a privately owned construction and engineering company that relentlessly champions the use of Modern Methods of Construction for social, economic, and environmental good.