10 reasons to choose Modular Construction: Webinar Recording + Summary

As part of our Educational Webinar Series, we hosted a special webinar led by Chris Smith, a Project Manager and Temo Cruz, Prefabrication & Modular Coordinator at ED Modular.

Below is a summary of the Webinar and 10 reasons to choose Modular Construction!


1. Superior to Conventional

The modular industry has changed significantly from its early days of being used to construct shipping container homes and trailer homes. Highly precise proprietary technology advancements have resulted in modular construction that looks exactly like traditional wood or concrete builds, but which performs better.

2. Easy Assembly

Prefabricated, prefinished panels and structural frames are assembled and connected on site, which maximizes building efficiencies. In total, 90-95% of the building is accomplished in a factory.

3. Ideal Markets

Modular construction is ideal for rapid deployment of affordable housing options due to shortened building timelines. This offers huge advantages for rental apartments, long term care facilities, student living, and missing middle neighbourhood housing. 

4. Preferable Option for Building Owners and Operators

With reduced construction timelines, there are greater savings realized for property owners as well as quicker revenue generation as tenants are able to move into suites far sooner. This minimizes risks for the client by creating higher cost certainty.

5. Waste and Site Disruption

In addition to reduced boring costs during construction, there is also less site disruption and waste produced compared with conventional construction. In dense urban infill situations, this makes it more tolerable for residents living nearby active construction sites.

6. Reliable Quality

The reliable quality of modular offers another advantage with robust inspection processes for every product shipped out of the manufacturing plant. 

7. Schedule Savings

The most significant reason why modular is more cost-effective than traditional construction is due to building schedule savings. Once the initial design and permits are approved, the building can be assembled immediately parallel to the foundation work. With conventional construction this would need to occur afterwards.

8. Labour Efficiency

The labour optimization achieved through modular creates efficiencies with skilled trades being able work more quickly and efficiently in a controlled factory setting. Steel frames can also be robotically welded to create immense efficiency from a capacity standpoint.

9. Structural Possibilities

Ellis Don modular technology has the potential to stack 20 floors without a secondary structure (wood limited to 6), as well as up to 60 floors with a concrete core. The structural steel is non-combustible & meets all relevant building codes, including the possibility to be deployed on various sloped terrains.

10. Material Resilience

Although wood has a lower carbon footprint, steel can be reused multiple times on multiple sites, possesses greater longevity, and withstands the elements much more effectively than wood. In fact, it is designed to resist wind, seismic activity and is excellent in permafrost.