Overcoming resistance to modular construction

Modular construction means that homes can be built faster, with less waste and in a way that’s kinder to the environment. It’s a building method that uses prefabricated sections assembled on-site, yet, despite its numerous advantages, it still continues to face resistance, from lingering quality concerns to logistical hurdles, but thankfully the industry is overcoming these challenges and paving the way for a more efficient and sustainable future for housing, writes John Ridgeway.

This type of construction has been around for centuries so it is difficult to understand why there should still be any kind of resistance. There is evidence, for example, of modular construction principles being used as early as the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly in America and Australia. This involved prefabricating sections of a house for easier transportation and assembly on-site.

And the first documented example of a prefabricated home dates back to 1837 when a London carpenter, Henry Manning, built a house in pieces and shipped it to his son in Australia for assembly. This demonstrates the early use of prefabrication for long-distance transportation. Click link to read more