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Three examples of permanent modular construction

By Johan Andersson, November 27 2015

modular-construction.pngThe growing population, increasing urbanisation, changes in legislation and environmental demands are all factors pushing for manufacturers and construction companies to innovate the construction process. One of the solutions for these demands is permanent modular construction (PMC). This means that modules are manufactured offsite and then transported to the building site for assembly. In this blog post we give you three examples of permanent modular construction.

A short introduction to the benefits of permanent modular construction

By using PMC you get a number of benefits. One such benefit is a shortened construction process, especially the time spent on the building site is cut dramatically. Something that is vital when working in cities with a dense population. Other benefits are environmental improvements due to less material transports and less waste materials.Modular Construction Timeline.jpg

"Modular Construction Timeline" by Modular Building Institute. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

57-storey skyscraper erected in 19 days

Chinese developer Broad Sustainable Building Company created a 57-storey skyscraper containing 800 apartments and office space for 4,000 people in 19 days as part of the "Mini Sky City" project in Changsha, China. Most of the building segments were pre-built offsite and transported to the construction site. Something that the developer claims saved 15,000 truck journeys with materials, which in turn led to a major reduction of fuel and dust pollution.

More on Mini Sky City

124 studio apartments in 4 months

Junior Living - Swedish permanent modular constructionBy fabricating apartment modules fitted with bathrooms and kitchens offsite and then placing them in a concrete framing, much like placing bottles in a bottle rack, Swedish company Junior Living has managed to shorten the onsite construction phase for small apartments substantially. The modules can be moved due to limited planning permissions or other circumstances, but are preferred to stay at one location during their entire lifespan.

More on the Knivsta Project

New York City's first building made entirely of modular units

The Stack Apartments is New York City's first building made entirely of modular units. The modules were made in Pennsylvania and shipped to the site in New York where the building was erected in just 19 days. According to the report Permanent Modular Construction the construction of The Stack Apartments was 10% more cost efficient and 25% faster to build than a comparable building with a more traditional construction process.

More on The Stack Apartments

Further reading

Have you read our CEO Anders Berg's post Five global trends that impact the future of construction?

Topics: Future of Construction

Johan Andersson

Johan Andersson is a product manager and research and development manager at Lindab. His background is as a mechanical engineer, starting at Lindab in 1995. He has been working with customer service, technical support, product management and leading the R&D department for Profile.
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