Construction Industry Transformation Through Modular Methods

Wahid Ferdous, Allan Manalo, Arvind Sharda, Yu Bai, Tuan Duc Ngo, Priyan Mendis

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Modular building construction has attracted significant attention from the construction industry in recent years. This type of construction system has been reasonably used in the Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Japan, whilst becoming popular in Australia, China, Netherlands, Germany and Hong Kong. This chapter presents the benefits of modular construction over conventional construction systems such as high-quality control, rapid construction, risk minimisation, trades availability in adverse weather conditions, waste minimisation and mechanisation of the manufacturing process to overcome the current challenges. The design requirements of modular buildings for hydraulics, electrical, mechanical, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), fire, acoustics and thermal are briefly presented. The growth of modular construction market by region and application is reviewed, and the future global growth forecast is also presented. A comparative analysis of the cost involved in site-intensive and modular constructions is discussed to assist in understanding the wider benefits of modular systems. A number of case studies ranging from residential to commercial building projects using modular construction are presented. Finally, the potential of fibre composite materials to fabricate innovative construction modules is discussed. At the end of this chapter, readers will gain understanding on the benefits of modular construction and new innovations for transforming the construction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovation in Construction
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Guide to Transforming the Construction Industry
EditorsSeyed Hamidreza Ghaffar, Paul Mullett, Eujin Pei, John Roberts
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030957988
ISBN (Print)9783030957971
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Modular buildings
  • Modular construction
  • Modular construction market
  • Offsite construction

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