Modular Construction vs. Traditional

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cover of the permanent modular construction study

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.

Key Findings


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.

Visit the MBI US & Canadian Modular Construction Educational Foundations today and download a free copy of this insightful report.

3 Comments on “Modular Construction vs. Traditional”

  1. Ian Jones

    Thanks Linda, we’re looking into Modular for 900 Student Housing bed Project in Toronto.
    Ontario now allows combustible construction up to 6 floors so we’re comparing with concrete at 8 floors.

  2. Jordan

    I’m excited about all the innovations being made to modular housing like this. I think it has a lot of potential to do lots of unique things in the field of architecture! Thanks for sharing this analysis.

    1. Linda Bee

      Thank you Jordan for visiting. If you have a chance to download the study, it offers cases studies on modular construction across many industries. In education with student housing, student life centers and classrooms; retail with modular stores, medical with hospitals and labs, and modular office buildings.

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