Modular construction can dramatically improve efficiency in construction, through factory production of pre-engineered building units and their delivery to the site either as entire buildings or as substantial elements. The required technology and application are developing rapidly, but design is still in its infancy. Good design requires a knowledge of modular production, installation and interface issues and also an understanding of the economics and client-related benefits which influence design decisions.
Looking at eight recent projects, along with background information, this guide gives you coverage of:
- generic types of module and their application
- vertical loading, stability and robustness
- dimensional and spacial planning
- hybrid construction
- cladding, services and building physics
- fire safety and thermal and acoustic performance
- logistical aspects – such as transport, tolerances and safe installation.
A valuable guide for professionals and a thorough introduction for advanced students.
Table of Contents
Introduction to modular construction. Types of steel modules. Precast concrete modules. Other types of modules. Introduction to planning of modular buildings. Housing and residential buildings. Hospitals and medical buildings. Schools and educational buildings. Specialist buildings. Hybrid modular construction systems. Acoustic insulation in modular construction. Structural design of light steel modules. Structural design of concrete modules. Cladding, roofing, and balconies in modular construction. Service interfaces in modular construction. Constructional issues in modular systems. Factory production of modules. Economics of modular construction. Sustainability in modular construction. References. Index.
Professor Mark Lawson is professor of construction systems at the University of Surrey, and consultant to the Steel Construction Institute (SCI). He is a chartered civil and structural engineer and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His BSc (Eng) is from Imperial College, and his PhD was obtained from the University of Sanford in the field of stressed skin design of steel-framed buildings. In 2011, he was awarded two prizes by the Institution of Civil Engineers for published papers, including the Howard Medal. He has been involved in many EU projects in the steel construction sector and has led major projects on sustainable design in steel and on modular construction systems.
Professor Ray Ogdenhas a degree in architecture and a PhD in mechanical engineering. He has been involved in construction-related research and teaching since 1986, including work related to light steel, off-site, and modular construction, building envelope design, and low-carbon solutions. He is currently a professor and associate dean of research and knowledge exchange in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University, where he is also director of the Tata Centre for the Building Envelope. He has authored seven books and numerous technical papers and reports, and been responsible for a wide range of research and live demonstration projects.
Dr. Chris Goodieris a senior lecturer in the School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, having worked previously for BRE and Laing Civil Engineering. He is a chartered builder with 20 years’ experience in all aspects of construction, including research, contracting, and consultancy, and has published more than 130 papers, books, reports, and articles. He recently chaired the 2013 British Council’s International Conference on Sustainable Construction and leads a significant ongoing portfoli
"The authors bring together expertise in modular design, light steel structural design and concrete structural design to create a comprehensive reference book for modular construction… With over 40 case studies… the authors demonstrate the perhaps surprising capacity for modular construction to be used to create diverse, flexible and adaptable designs that can respond sensitively to both site and function. Modular design and construction intensifies the normal relationship between architectural design, structural design, building physics, manufacturing processes, transportation requirements and installation strategies. Design in Modular Construction reflects this multidisciplinary design requirement by bringing together all these aspects in an accessible and holistic manner."
—Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers
"… a key reference for anyone involved in the design of homes and buildings using modular construction and for undergraduate and post-graduate education."
—Civil Engineering Journal, October 2015
"This should be reference reading for all students of sustainable construction. It demonstrates the benefits in terms of fewer deliveries to site, the speed of construction and the lower amounts of embodied energy in modular construction, all of which are increasingly important in today’s resource stressed world. …This book fills a gap in the literature by providing a comprehensive overview for students and those designers new to the idea of building with modules, and provides sufficient examples and case studies for designers to start using the technology immediately in their work. …I recommend this book to every university that teaches structural design and architecture as required reading for students, and I recommend it to every architects practice as an introduction to the technology."
––Rory Bergin, HTA Design LLP
"This book provides an exciting panorama of design in modular const