Why Modular Construction?

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Modular Construction. Improving the way the World Builds.

We face a time where improved building performance is expected. Where building codes, environmental performance standards and technical efficiencies are pushing conventional construction past the breaking point. And with a shrinking labour force, schedule and cost overruns and pervasive quality issues one thing is clear: Change is needed in the construction industry.

The change is coming from modular building solutions.

What if the construction industry could expect certainty? A truly collaborative building experience? What if speed, cost-effectiveness, quality and environmental sustainability could co-exist?

It’s all possible with NRB Modular Solutions.

What is Modular Construction?

Fabricating Excellence

Powered by manufacturing technology excellence, modular construction is a building technique where each module is fabricated in a temperature-controlled factory. Once the modules are ready, they are transported to site, set on the foundation footprint by crane, and joined together like building blocks to make one integrated building.

The technique uses the same materials as conventional construction and designs to the same codes and standards, while saving up to 50% of the time. When finished, the structure is indistinguishable from conventional construction methods.

Technology and lean construction methods ensure each module is built to precise standards delivering an overall superior building.

Compared to other industries, conventional construction is lagging in its ability to solve its historic challenges (waste management, cost overruns, schedule delays, etc.) with new technology.

Modular brings your project team financial assurance. It’s faster, it’s less wasteful, and the quality is superior because the modules are built in a factory-controlled environment.

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Benefits of Modular

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Faster Project Schedule

Reap the benefits of your new building sooner with your overall project schedule reduced by up to 50%.

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Cost Certainty

Say goodbye to cost overruns and expensive change order surprises.

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Environmental Sustainability

Reduce your environmental footprint by deploying our modular building manufacturing processes.

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Superior Quality

Get a superior, stronger building with our stringent manufacturing quality control measures.

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Avoid the safety risks of conventional construction by building in our factory-controlled environment.

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Modular provides the ability to replicate your design regardless of your location, helping you with your project cost and timetable.

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Modular buildings provide inherently higher STC ratings due to our construction methods and quality.

Myths about Modular Construction

Fact: The first ever recorded modular building appeared in 1837. And while modular construction has seen global iterative adoption through the ages, it is still a relatively new form of building, particularly in North America. We do understand that old habits die hard (especially in construction it would seem); however, there are systemic issues, like a profound shortage in skilled trades, in conventional construction which make the benefits of modular construction the obvious solution. With modular, you are only changing the process – the building materials remain the same. Whether you’re building with steel or wood framing, construction essentially becomes “production” and takes place off site in a climate-controlled factory environment.

Fact: Modular construction has come a long way since the early days where you could buy a modular home “kit” from Sears & Roebuck in the early 1900s. Back then, the design options were limited, but that is not the case today. Many buildings that have been built with modular are indistinguishable from the conventional “stick-built” method! From office buildings to high end homes to hotels to hospitals, the design appeal with modular is not a barrier. The key is in the planning, so engage with us early on to speak about your design vision.

Fact: While several of our builds are 3 or 4 storeys, it’s because that was what was desired for the project by the project owner. Our steel frame manufacturing capabilities enable you to build much higher and it all starts with understanding your project requirements. Let’s talk!

Fact: In construction time is money. That is why coordinating the trades and dealing with scheduling issues can add up fast in conventional stick-built construction. With modular building solutions, you get schedule (and cost) certainty and you get speed. Considering the expedited schedule build time, (up to 50% faster than conventional construction) modular is the most cost effective and cost certain option. You spend less money on labour, less money on loan interest, less on material waste, not to mention that you start reaping the benefits of your building much sooner.

Fact: From retail operations to housing complexes, office headquarters to health centres and hospitals, hotels to self-contained classroom blocks, modular building solutions are the right choice for your project. With an endless array of possibilities, the industry applications are limitless. Check out some of our project profiles to find out more.

Fact: With the modules being built with the same materials that you’re used to seeing in conventional construction, quality is not an issue. Our fabrication facilities have incredibly high QA/QC standards, with regular, independent inspection and testing protocols. In addition, modules are fabricated in a climate-controlled, state-of-the-art factory so there is virtually no exposure to harsh weather conditions and there is little to no on-site damages. Buildings constructed by conventional stick-built methods can suffer serious quality issues post-completion because of long periods of exposure to the elements.  Weather delays also cause project delays and budget overruns.

Fact: Most of our building projects are permanent in nature, but modular projects can also be temporary, and that adds to the adaptive flexibility of modular. Interim solutions are still constructed to permanent building standards so you get the best of both worlds. Like most things in modular, your project can be built to the exact specifications, requirements, and desires that you wish to build it.

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What to Consider

Modular construction is a different process than conventional stick-built construction. Upfront planning is key to ensuring that you reap all the benefits of modular. It is important that your stakeholders, including owners, architects, designers, construction managers and contractors all understand the modular approach. We invite you to peruse this handy reference guide for more information.

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The modular building industry has doubled in size in the last five years


Modular construction builds are up to 50% faster than conventional construction methods

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Modular building methods can deliver on an endless array of design options