In the construction industry, risks from natural and manmade hazards are part of the job. Permanent Modular Construction (PMC) is a growing trend in building that reduces some of those exposures and helps make jobsites safer.
PMC is the process of constructing building components or modules at locations other than the job site. These components are transported to the construction site and placed into position with other modular parts. PMC offers builders distinct advantages, for example:
There are some downsides to PMC. Principal among them are fewer customization capabilities and transportation challenges related to the size of building modules. PMC works best in proven designs, rather than in highly customized structures. Moving modules to the construction site and into position tends to restrict the size of the modules.
PMC offers some promising benefits in construction, but contractors and workers must remain vigilant of other exposures. These include: