Building construction is a highly challenging process, more so when it involves difficult landscapes. Going modular is a practical option when constructing on tricky sites.
When compared to traditional in-situ builds, Ausco Modular provides a cost-effective and time-saving solution for difficult landscapes due to the adaptability of the footing layout. This feature can be modified to meet the constraints of the terrain.
Modular Construction Vs In-Situ Building on Difficult Landscapes
Reduced costs and construction time
Workplace Health and Safety regulations require specific safety features to be in place when work is being undertaken on the exterior of a building. In-situ builds require edge protection and work platforms to be provided through the use of scaffolding or a temporary purpose built structure.
Ausco Modular's Regional Manager - Modular Construction QLD/NSW, Yvonne Pengilly explains that modular buildings provide an advantage over in-situ builds as most of the construction is undertaken offsite in a factory, making the process more efficient and cost-effective by reducing the need for extensive scaffolding.
Additionally, the controlled environment of a factory also means the construction phase is not affected by external factors such as weather.
Reduced civil work and disturbance to the environment
Modular construction reduces the impact on the environment by limiting the need to undertake significant expensive civil work including building retaining walls. Since the structure is supported by footings, posts and rails, the landscape mostly remains untouched.
When calculating the cost of a modular building for comparison against traditional builds, it is important to take into account the full project costs including the time benefits of completing construction and civil works concurrently. According to Yvonne, modular buildings are constructed within a factory, reducing influences from environmental factors or potential site issues, and allowing budget and time requirements to be met with ease. Modular buildings can also be easily moved within the same site or to a new site, saving on new build costs.
What to consider before construction
The ability to easily adapt the footing layout of the building to suit the constraints of the landscape is a major advantage for modular solutions over traditional builds. Ausco Modular evaluates the limitations of the site and provides onsite surveying as part of their scope, including identifying potential site hazards and organising site entry for construction equipment.
Challenging landscapes and modular buildings
For particularly tricky landscapes, such as those with high snowfall, please contact Ausco Modular directly to organise a site visit and discuss the best options.
Modular solutions will save you time and money when constructing a building on difficult terrain. Consider Ausco Modular solutions for your next build.