Despite the unpopularity of prefabricated homes built in the post war period, the idea is once again starting to gain traction. This article looks at some of the advantages of modular housing.
One of the key advantages of modular homes is the level of flexibility which they give homeowners. With features including moveable walls and easily accessible wires pipes, adding an extra room – or even an extra storey – can be made significantly easier than making the equivalent extension in a traditional home. In addition, the flexibility and range of shapes and sizes available in prefabricated homes using modern 3D printing techniques means that each individual can have a home which meets their exact needs.
One of the key advantages which prefabricated homes have over traditional new homes is the difference in the price of construction. This is due to the mass production of individual components in dedicated factories, reducing the costs of production for each unit by making use of economies of scale.
According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, there is a 30% decrease in construction time for homes making use of prefabricated homes created off site when compared to houses built using traditional methods. This has the benefit of allowing investors to create new developments at a much faster pace, allowing them to both receive the profits earlier, as well as increasing the rate of home building – helping to alleviate the current housing shortage.
As one of the leading causes of carbon emissions, there has been significant criticism in the methods used to build new properties. The creation of concrete on site has a very high environmental impact when compared to modular homes where all the component parts are created off site and assembled on site. This means that making more use of modular elements in housing is an excellent way to reduce the carbon impact caused by new buildings, as well as adding innovative energy saving solutions into all new homes en masse.