Can Modular Homes improve the industry and the environment

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Can Modular Homes be just what we need to improve the need for low-cost housing and improve the environmental impact of the construction industry?

The construction industry is changing as more developers are welcoming modular homes.

Prefabricated and assembled in factories, they are fitted with appliances, heating, and electricals, transported to a construction site, and quickly reassembled to form a complete house. Modular homes are cost-effective using the same quality material used for traditional construction.

The rise of modular houses as residential homes!

The first recorded example of Modular Homes began in 1837 when London-based carpenter Henry Manning designed and built a modular home for his son looking to emigrate to Australia. The building was transported to Australia and reassembled as his new home in Australia. By 1853, hundreds of modular homes were transported to Australia annually.

As the years went by modular homes gained even more popularity with builders and were used in industrial and agricultural buildings. It was not until the 1950s that its popularity increased in residential buildings where the first mass-produced modular homes were built in the USA in 1956.

Modular Homes in the UK

By the 1980s many countries saw the need for more low-cost housing and the UK was no exception. Modular Homes were being used as a response to the then Housing Crisis in the UK, quickly making it the house building of choice for the construction of low-cost homes.

The past 5 years saw an increase in modular homes being built in Wales by Social Housing landlords and housebuilders to reduce on-site errors and speed up the delivery of new homes.

Modular homes for the modern home

As technological advances led to more cost-effective and efficient products, the popularity of modular homes continues, but could modular homes be a solution to building low-cost, environmentally friendly homes in the UK?

We believe that they can!

Many experts suggest that modular construction could revolutionised the way we build homes in the future. However, consideration and precaution must be taken to ensure the best outcome is achieved for the construction industry and owner/occupiers. These considerations can include:

  • More research into understanding the potential of modular homes to help solve the housing crisis and reduce the environmental impact of the construction industry.
  • Builders must first know they can offset their construction costs by reducing on-site labour costs without compromising the quality of components used in the building.
  • Offer incentives to encourage self-built modular homes to get the right balance between the number of houses built that reduces homelessness and obtains the maximum positive impact on the natural environment.
  • Making it easier to find a mortgage to build modular homes by providing more information about accessing finance to build modular homes.

As modular homes continue to become more popular, governments and industry experts need to work together to ensure modular homes meet the changing needs of families over time. All modular homes must:

  • accommodate different family sizes, extended families, those with elderly or disabled relatives, or families whose circumstances have changed to include newly disabled family members,
  • be energy-efficient, using materials and systems that help reduce the running energy costs of the home such as solar panels and or efficient appliances,
  • be durable, comfortable, and attractive, incorporating features such as natural lighting and ventilation makes a home more enjoyable to live in for the years to come.
Summary

Experts are predicting that modular homes will become even more popular in the coming years, as more developers, contractors, and end owners/occupiers realise their benefits. However, to achieve the positive impact that modular homes can have on the building industry and the natural environment, it is essential to ensure that modular homes are built in the right way and that the right systems are in place for the industry.

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