Modular modular buildings vs. system modular buildings: What advantages do the building concepts offer?

Residential and office space must meet ever higher requirements - and at the same time offer the best possible price-performance ratio. This is because budgets are becoming ever tighter - this affects NGOs just as much as public institutions, companies and private building owners.

Modular Modular Buildings vs. System Modular Buildings

Due to these general conditions, a mobile and modular solution for construction projects in the form of modular buildings is virtually imposing. It is not surprising that modular buildings have long been used not only for temporary bridging of urgently and quickly needed living or working space, but are also the long-term solution for aesthetic and comfortable living and working. The range of applications has expanded enormously in recent years: modular buildings are used as short-term exhibition space, construction site accommodation or for disaster relief. In the same way, school buildings, kindergartens, office space, civil defense facilities, staff accommodation, student housing, residential and nursing homes, hospitals, asylum accommodation and even trendy hotels and private residences can be built in modern modular construction - and they meet all requirements in terms of function, design and quality.

Innovative modular buildings or modular system construction?

Building owners and planners are faced with the question: Which building concept offers me the greatest advantages? Modular buildings or modular construction? What are the main differences?

Modular construction: high planning costs and long prefabrication phase

In the modular construction concept, the entire steel frame structure must be assembled from numerous individual steel modules. It is the same with timber modular construction; the timber frame structure is assembled from elaborately planned and manufactured timber modules. Each individual module requires careful planning in accordance with specific requirements, such as structural requirements, room dimensions, etc. Only then is each steel module industrially prefabricated from open steel profiles. Many weeks pass before the individual modules can be transported to the construction site, because planning and prefabrication take up a lot of time in this procedure - and thus hit the budget.

Innovative modular buildings: Greater efficiency, shorter construction times, lower overall costs

The idea of innovative modular construction arose from the consideration of how construction projects for mobile room systems could be realized even more efficiently in order to meet the high cost pressure of the building owners. The answer: through standardization. With a clever basic concept, the innovative modular construction method bypasses the time-consuming planning and prefabrication phase typical of conventional modular system construction. This is because instead of designing and manufacturing the steel frame structure individually for each modular construction project, the modular construction method uses high-quality standard modules. As a result, planning effort and preparation time are extremely low, significantly reducing the overall construction time. This results in lower overall costs - due to the high degree of standardization of modular buildings, builders thus benefit from a much better price-performance ratio.

At the same time, innovative modular buildings meet all requirements for mobility and flexibility. The modular buildings can be expanded or dismantled and reused at any time. In terms of function, expandability, aesthetics, design - and quality - innovative modular buildings are also in no way inferior to conventional system modular buildings. The modules are available in different dimensions and convince with the highest international quality standards. Interior fittings and facade design can be flexibly implemented according to individual needs and wishes. The result: design-strong, high-quality buildings at affordable prices.

Modular Modular Buildings vs. System Modular Buildings

The most important quality-related features of the standard modules

  • Produced and prefabricated in Europe

  • State-of-the-art technology and welded by robots

  • 4 mm thick steel beams and 0.6 mm thick galvanized steel sheets

  • Robust steel structure made of ST 44 withl cold rolled steel profiles (ISO standard)

  • Rustproof thanks to the latest cataphoric coating processes

  • Efficient insulation of walls, roofs and floors with mineral wool and polyurethane

  • Electrical and plumbing systems according to European standards (ISO)

  • Different heating techniques, such as electric, hot water or gas convectors

  • Windows with double or triple glazing and in between gas filling

  • Minergie standard possible without problems

Other requirements

Innovative modular buildings have the same physical properties as solid buildings. Statics, fire protection, thermal insulation and soundproofing can be implemented according to specific requirements and in compliance with legal regulations.

The most important advantages of innovative modular buildings

  • 20 to 40% lower costs compared to conventional modular construction

  • 4 to 8 times faster than conventional construction techniques and rapid assembly on site

  • 30 to 50% shorter construction time than timber modular and hybrid construction

  • 50% less planning effort compared to conventional modular buildings

  • Consistently high quality and suitability for extreme climates

  • Expandability at any time and uncomplicated interior adaptation through exchangeable wall elements

  • Mobility: easy dismantling and reuse

  • Individual aesthetic design

Full service from a single source: Best results with specialized provider for modular buildings

In order to be able to guarantee a short construction period with the highest quality and very low costs at the same time, despite the extremely complex and highly individual requirements of the client, an experienced and flexible modular construction company is needed. As a builder, you would be well advised to look for a full-service partner who offers all competencies from a single source and with whom you have a single contact person who manages all tasks related to your construction project for you - from the needs analysis to design, realization and assembly to construction controlling. Because this guarantees you short communication channels, highly flexible solutions and the implementation of your modular construction project in the least possible time - for every challenge, worldwide.

Further information:

Living more beautifully in a modular house

Design studies modular buildings

Infographic - Innovative modular buildings vs. system modular buildings

Martin Schuster, 08.12.2022

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