Multi-Family Housing and Modular Construction: A Match Made in an Environmentally-Friendly Factory – Part II

Posted on Aug 2nd, 2019 by Chris Leslie | Posted in: Uncategorized

Part II: Advantages of
Modular Construction

In Part II of our blog, we’re going to take a more in-depth look at the many advantages offered by modular construction for multi-family housing builders.

Faster construction. 

  • Modular buildings are typically built in about one-half the time required to construct an on-site structure. Site work and manufacturing can proceed simultaneously, the foundation and utility work can progress as units are being built in the factory. 

Says Tom Hardiman, Director of MHBA:

“On a traditional site, you do all your foundation work, then you start building the first floor, then the second floor and so on. With modular, the building is being constructed off-site while you’re doing the foundation work.” Faster construction means faster solvency. Hardiman adds, “If I’m a multi-family developer, I can get renters moved in sooner.”


Fewer weather-related delays. 

  • Sheetrock, wood and other building materials can be damaged because of hostile weather conditions with a traditional on-site build. Also, work must be stopped in severe conditions and resumed at the whim of the weather. Such delays can be not only haphazard, but also expensive. With modular construction, factories maintain climate-controlled surroundings and work can be continued in any season, in any type of weather.

Exceptional strength. 

  • Each module is built extra secure to meet the demands of transporting it from the factory to the site. To that end, the structure will withstand shock and vibration. Another significant benefit is that these multi-family homes have proven to endure rain, windstorms and even hurricane-strength winds and surge due to their superior durability.


Exceptional quality. 

  • The quality of today’s off-site modular building is unparalleled due to several factors. Today’s factory equipment is state-of-the-art, producing a tight, sound and energy-efficient structure. The materials meet a consistently high standard due to the factory’s finely calibrated equipment. As noted above, the multi-family structure is created in a climate-controlled environment where the materials are protected from the ravaging effects of weather. Plus, the consistency of a supervised, assembly-line process leaves much less room for slip-ups or oversights.

As mentioned above, modular structures are built to withstand the rigors of shipping. Walls, floors and ceilings are not only nailed like site-built homes; they are nailed, bracketed, glued and corner bolted.


Excellent aesthetics. 

  • Urban tenants love to live in beautiful buildings. That’s why modular builders take the time to design and create modular townhomes and apartment complexes that instantly attract new tenants. This makes it that much easier for developers to attract renters to their multi-family homes shortly after completion.

A “green” building.

  • Modular townhouses, condos and apartment complexes are designed and constructed in an environmentally-friendly way. For example, precise measurements help avoid waste. So, you won’t have to deal with the massive amount of excess materials that are typically produced on most stick-built sites. Moreover, most leftover materials are recycled for future use. The most likely outcome is that modular multi-family housing will have less effect on the environment when compared to site-built units, making them the “greenest” way to build this type of housing.


High energy efficiency. 

  • Tenants will love to live in a home built with modern energy-efficient features and conveniences. Modular housing, for example, is built with superior insulation around doors, windows, pipes and electrical installations. They can also be customized to use solar energy and other amenities that boost energy efficiency.


More affordable project. 

  • When building townhouses, condos or apartment buildings, modular construction can reduce design and engineering costs and provide a quick, cost-efficient way to build a new project. With modular construction, a majority of the vertical construction costs are locked in, reducing cost overruns and unanticipated expenses. Builders can also save money on their construction loans due to the quick turn-around time needed to complete the project.

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