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ARTICLE Less Material Waste When building in a factory, waste is eliminated by recycling materials, controlling inventory and protecting building materials. Improved Air Quality Because the modular structure is substantially completed in a factory- controlled setting using dry materials, the potential for high levels of moisture being trapped in the new construction is eliminated. FASTER Construction of modular buildings occurs simultaneously with site work, allowing projects to be completed in half the time of traditional construction. Reduced Construction Schedule Because construction of modular buildings can occur simultaneously with the site and foundation work, projects can be completed 30% to 50% sooner than traditional construction. Eliminatiion of Weather Delays 60 - 90% of the construction is completed inside a factory, which mitigates the risk of weather delays. Buildings are occupied sooner, creating a faster return on investment. Built to Code with Quality Materials Modular buildings are built to meet or exceed the same building codes and standards as site-built structures, and the same architect-specified materials used in conventionally constructed buildings are used in modular construction projects – wood, concrete and steel. SMARTER Modular buildings are built with the same materials and to the same building codes and architectural specifications as traditional construction. Once assembled, they are virtually indistinguishable from their site-built counterparts. Safer Construction The indoor construction environment reduces the risks of accidents and related liabilities for workers. Better Engineered Building & BIM PMC relies on advanced BIM for visualization to assess the energy performance and identify the most cost-effective efficiency measures. PMC is ideal for the use of this technology where the construction process is already a collaboration of systems, materials and people—much like the software itself. Limitless Design Opportunities Modular units may be designed to fit in with external aesthetics of any existing building and modular units, once assembled, are virtually indistinguishable from their site-built counterparts. Modular manufacturing companies or contractors manufacture the buildings at off-site locations. They may also operate as general contractors on projects, coordinating the delivery, installation, site preparation and finishing of the building or the modular contractor will be responsible for construction, delivery and installation of only the modules and an overall general contractor will be responsible for the whole project. Construction of modular building elements primarily takes place in the factories away from bad weather conditions preventing damage to building materials and allowing builders to work in comfortable conditions. Modular construction technique allows manufacturing of building elements and site preparation to take place at the same time, hence saving time. This may allows for earlier occupancy of the building and also contributes to a shorter construction period, reduced labor, finances and supervision costs. Safety Since sub-assemblies are created in a factory-controlled environment utilizing dry materials, there is less risk for problems associated with moisture, environmental hazards and dirt. This 29 www.ghmediabusiness.com