Modular Building Institute
Modular Building Institute

Permanent Modular Construction:
Process, Practice, Performance

The MBI Foundations & Professor Ryan Smith created an offsite studies research report on permanent modular construction.

The research used a case study method to compare PMC projects to traditional site built projects globally for construction performance parameters such as cost, schedule, quality, and safety. 

Both quantitative and qualitative data is collected through literature review, questionnaire and interviews. In addition to the comparative analysis, this report shares the results of an off-site industry survey, and a return on investment assessment demonstrates the lifecycle value of reduction in schedule as a result of modular. The study concludes with lessons learned and next steps.

This research quantifies the added value of PMC and evaluates the contextual factors by which PMC in building design and construction may be realized in the U.S. and beyond. The scope of this research focuses on commercial construction and does not include single family residential. 

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