Modular Buildings in The Time of Covid-19 -A Feasible Construction Solution

As the Indian real estate industry continues to evolve, the builders adopt innovative and more ingenious construction solutions to fuel the growth. Being one of the significant contributors to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the government has also pushed for innovations in construction technology. And one of the significant steps taken is the wider adoption of modular construction methods.

Today, in the purview of the COVID-19 infection, the modular construction building process is considered as one of the most feasible solutions because of the multiple benefits it offers.

Reduces the COVID-19 infection risk by keeping people off the construction site

Since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and the subsequent lockdown measures, the construction work is limited as it poses the risk of infection among the hundreds of workers, working in close proximityat the construction site. This situation affects the number of subcontractors, workers, and engineers allowed at the construction site, which could significantly impact the project's overall progress.

As compared to the traditional construction method, modular construction solutions minimise the workers' interaction at the construction site as most of the building work takes place off-site in a factory setting. Also, modular construction process creates lesser noise, pollution and wastage of the raw materials.

In the current situation, where there is a pressing need for isolation units in the healthcare sector to house the COVID-19 patients, modular construction techniques are adopted to build these units. These units are easy to construct and install. More importantly, since they are portable, they can be easily moved to different locations where the demand is more.

Nest-In, through its range of Quarantine and Isolation cabins, has taken a step to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by providing easily deployable solutions across the country.

Flexible construction solution

Another significant benefit of modular construction is the flexibility it provides in terms of design. The design of the modular units can be altered according to your requirements to build an office, classroom, healthcare clinic, church, etc. Based on your specific needs, the building can consist of a single module or multiple modular units placed together to form a single facility.

In the present COVID-19 scenario, these modular buildings can be converted into quarantine wards with minimal effort owing to their customizability, portability and ease of installation.

Reduced construction time

The main advantage of a modular building process is that the overall construction takes a significantly shorter time than a conventional brick-and-mortar structure. With modular building, the foundation work and the structure's construction can be completed simultaneously, thus reducing the project completion time by up to 50%.

Even during the COVID-19, the structures can be built off-site in a factory-controlled environment during the quarantine mandates. And it can be easily shifted at a later time to the construction site for installation and assembly.

In light of the  sudden surge in COVID-19 cases across India, modular construction is an effective way to quickly build the necessary healthcare infrastructure required across the country.

Posted in Covid Offerings on May 20, 2021.

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