Established in 2006, Modscape has designed and constructed over 500 projects spanning residential, health and aged care, education, infrastructure, retail, hospitality, sports and the community sector – but we’re still learning and evolving.
Modular is now more than just an industry ‘trend’, but there are plenty of burgeoning shifts within the modular space itself, as builders prepare to face the challenges associated with increased demand for more efficient, sustainable construction. With innovation at our core, we endeavour to meet these challenges head on as the industry enters a prospective post-COVID growth phase.
Here are five trends we’re seeing – and championing – within the modular construction industry:
1. Use of BIM
No longer just a construction buzz term, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is now a widely adopted modern approach to planning, designing, constructing, and managing construction models. This 3D model-based technology offers a digital representation of both the physical and functional characteristics of a building. The technology allows all parties involved in the construction and lifecycle management of the built asset to share data and work collaboratively. At Modscape, our team makes use of the BIM Collaborate Pro design collaboration software for large-scale commercial projects.
Benefits of BIM for modular construction include improved schedule performance, cost-savings (particularly on re-modelling), and improved overall project quality due to workflow optimisation.
2. Growing adoption of modular construction for residential projects
At present, modular construction is commonly used in commercial projects, and its use for residential builds is rapidly growing. Modular homes are built faster, safer, and more sustainably – all excellent propositions for any homebuilder. In fact, it’s experienced builders who are most likely to make use of modular construction for residential projects, keen for a more efficient process and a quicker turnaround time.
In places like the UK, modular homes have been proposed as one of the solutions to the affordable housing crisis, with the government promising to fulfil 300,000 homes a year to help meet the demands of a constantly growing population.
However, in Australia, modular builders like Modscape offer a seamless method to prospective homebuilders who are looking for a one-stop-shop for their bespoke residential projects.
3. Modular going luxury
In line with the growth of residential modular projects is the increased demand for luxury modular homes, particularly in the United States. With consumers finally realising that prefab homes don’t have to lack high-end polish, luxury residential modular projects are now more popular than ever, with the pandemic contributing to the increase in this demand.
Unfortunately, modular homes are often confused with mobile homes, but that notion is quickly being dispelled. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, a 26-year-old software consultant is currently building a $1.695 million (USD) modular vacation home in Ventura, California, which features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, an open-concept floor plan, a chef’s kitchen, engineered hardwood floors and a master bedroom with a private patio and soaking tub. Similarly, a New York seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom modular home with a pool, pool house, decking, geothermal and solar-power systems and a green roof sold in 2020 for its full asking price of $4.695 million (USD).
In Australia, we’re seeing a comparable trend. Be sure to check out our residential projects in Tamarama and Albert Park, as well as our Homes in Progress page to discover the potential of modular when it comes to high-end home design and construction.
4. Asia Pacific driving growth in the market
A key driver of the prospective growth in the modular construction industry is the Asia Pacific region which, of course, includes Australia – where Modscape continues to push the envelope. The region is home to two-thirds of the world’s population, and is experiencing a rise in rapid urbanisation that is increasing demand for infrastructure development, including the construction of institutes, roads, bridges, offices, power plants, etc. Additionally, modular construction is widely employed in various sectors comprising residential, office, and administrative space, K-12 education, retail and hospitality, healthcare, higher-education student housing, and publicly-funded facilities.
At a glance, the Asia Pacific modular construction market is predicted to grow with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.27% during the forecast period of 2021 to 2028. South-East Asia is being touted as the market expected to grow the most.
5. Cross-Laminated Timber making modular even more sustainable
The benefits that come with Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) are being implemented in buildings all around the world, and now are a standard feature in Modscape’s modules. CLT is an engineered wood product that is widely celebrated for its sustainability, efficiency, strength and thermal insulation. Comprised of layers of timber glued together with the grain running in opposite 90⁰ angles, CLT takes the structural and environmental qualities of wood and amplifies them.
The popularity of CLT has also been fuelled by the movement towards better design in order to improve the occupant’s wellbeing. It is widely recognised that the inclusion of natural materials such as timber enhances the wellbeing and health of those using a space. Research has also found positive links between the interior use of timber and improved states of people in aged care, healthcare, education and workplace settings.
To stay up to date with happenings within the modular industry, be sure to check out our blog.