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Construction Trends: How Does Modular Fit In?

When the New Year began, industry analysts and trade journalists outlined what they believed to be the overall construction trends for the next 12 months. But how does modular fit into the conversation now that 2016 is more than halfway over? With Dodge Data & Analytics' 2016 Construction Outlook report predicting 6 percent construction industry growth, it’s remarkable to consider the major role modular space continues to play across retail, industrial, healthcare, education and government sectors.

Ways modular intersects with current construction trends:

The Rise of “Pop-Ups”

Many pop-up shops are actually modular spaces. “Pop-ups” are typically small, temporary retail spaces that are quickly constructed then removed a short time later. Although they’re usually used around the holidays for seasonal sales (think Halloween costumes or Christmas trees), they’ve become a popular way to test new products, markets or even as a low-cost way to start a new business. Pop-up retailers are increasingly using modular buildings, drawn to the ease of set-up and deconstruction, mobility and cost-savings. Modular solutions also provide custom designs that can be easily modified.

Energy Efficiency

According to experts at Greenbuild 2015, the growing sustainability trend in both commercial and residential sectors is driven by consumer demand, higher-quality results and lifecycle cost savings. The well-known motto “reduce, reuse, recycle” was made popular by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reflecting its policy to encourage a decrease in municipal solid waste. Those same three principles, or the 3Rs, can also be applied to modular construction. Modular solutions continue to lead efforts to reduce the amount of construction and demolition waste entering landfills each year. The built-in quality control and quality assurance of a factory environment means less material waste, reducing the impact on the environment.

Family Housing and Walkable Communities

Last year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released the results of its Home Design Trends Survey showing that design elements such as multi-generational housing and walkable neighborhoods are at the top of homeowner preferences. To facilitate the construction process, flexible modular solutions can be used for a variety of onsite purposes, from crew meeting space and break rooms to sales offices and equipment storage. When it comes to housing and keeping communities simple, modular units are also being used as part of the tiny homes trend.


Industry experts have projected significant growth in the remodeling sector this year. Modular facilitates remodeling projects by keeping jobs moving smoothly with swing space, onsite meeting spaces, offices, break rooms and more. If you need workspace while your office is being remodeled, consider using a temporary modular office or even a modular tiny office.

Jobsite Criminal Activity

According to a recent survey by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the National Equipment Register (NER), the yearly cost of equipment theft is in the range of $400 million, not including major losses from business interruption. Modular solutions can be used as storage to secure materials and equipment onsite, saving firms money and protecting valuable equipment.

Get Ahead Of The Modular Construction Trends

Understanding the constantly-evolving innovations and advancements within the industry will help you take advantage of new opportunities for your modular solutions.

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