Permanent Modular Construction vs. Traditional EVALUATED
In the preface of a newly released May 2015 study on best practices, it is uncertain how much of the construction market permanent modular construction (PMC) constitutes in volume; however modular broadly is estimated to make up 3-5% of the total construction industry. (MBI, 2011) Permanent Modular Construction “PMC” is an innovative, sustainable construction delivery method utilizing off-site, lean manufacturing techniques to prefabricate single or multi-story whole building solutions in deliverable module sections.
The National Institute of Building Sciences was instrumental in supporting this international study of construction projects that were examined to evaluate and quantify performance metrics.
In the executive summary of this report it states that the research studies off-site modular production processes using case studies in international permanent modular construction (PMC). The PMC projects documented in the study provide a research test bed to evaluate the performance metrics attributed to off-site construction and the contingent qualitative contextual factors by which PMC and building design and construction may be realized.
As a major sponsor of this original research, we are pleased to be able to share with you the most extensive study on modular construction compared to site built ever completed to date. This in-depth study synthesizes holistic best processes and practice guides for firms in the construction industry looking to engage in off-site work.