Multiple companies have experimented with modular construction. Typically, these experimental projects are focused on a narrow range of product types; they are top-down, consultant-driven efforts, or they are driven by marketing criteria. Consequently, these systems fail to provide adequate flexibility for designers and they are difficult to execute, both on the shop floor and in the field.
As a result of overly narrow focus, the companies deploying new systems complete only one or two projects before realizing that almost every new building type will require a complete structural re-design. Worse, the entire cost of the modular design development process is borne by a single project, and total costs exceed the cost of a conventional building.
Z Modular utilizes an HSS frame and the Vectorbloc connection system. It was conceived to end the constant cycles of re-design by uniting and addressing the requirements of a broad spectrum of the modular industries requirements, thereby supporting its move from niche to mainstream.
Even the design and engineering process is conceived as modular. Combined with physical modularity, modular design enables automation of the entire sales, design, estimating and production processes. The result is reduced cost at all phases of the process, especially the sales phase, which is usually un-funded.
Most importantly, standardization enables multiple trade suppliers, fabricators, erectors and others involved in the building process to produce compatible building subassemblies without the need for complex coordination processes. And they can produce for multiple customers and sites on independent schedules.
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