Volumetric modular construction is most often used in hospitality, student housing and multi-family commercial design. Volumetric modules are enclosed modules or “boxes” that are craned into place and connected on the job site. A volumetric building module is different from the other modular construction modules in that they are completely enclosed. This means that all six sides of the module are accounted for: 1 floor + 4 walls + 1 ceiling. Generally, volumetric module designers and manufacturers target 90%+ combined completion of the finishes and even furnishings to reduce the number of labor hours on site.
Non-volumetric modular construction refers to the panelization of a building’s design. Modular options include 3D components built almost entirely in a factory environment. Panelized options include 2D panel units, often referred to as Precut, Flat Pack or Kit options. These methods are comprised of pre-sized, pre-cut elements assembled and installed on site.
Nichiha Architectural Wall Panels have been increasingly featured on both modular commercial buildings and residential construction in North America. Nichiha fiber cement cladding is trusted for its high-performing durability, and its dependable, flexible design allows architects to enhance the exterior of their modular designs according to their own unique vision.
Modular design has already been a big player in the construction industry around the world, in countries like Japan and Sweden. Residential and commercial projects around the globe feature modular components that help building professionals guarantee design success.
For modern appeal and stunning style, residential architects select Nichiha panels to give homeowners a totally unique design and an exterior that offers weather protection.
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There are multiple modular and prefab applications for which Nichiha products are approved.