Modular Building Institute: What is modular construction?

Modular Construction

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) explains modular construction and the benefits through productivity, quality, and scheduling

Modular construction is a process in which a building is constructed offsite, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally-built facilities – but in about half the time.

Buildings are produced in “modules” that when put together on-site, reflect the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated site-built facility – without compromise.

Why build modular?

According to a 2020 survey by Dodge Data & Analytics, seven specific aspects of construction project delivery have been positively impacted through the use of modular construction. At the top of the list were improvements to productivity, quality, and schedule certainty.1

Beside these benefits, modular construction projects also boast a higher ROI, less material waste during construction, and fewer delays. In fact, according to a National Institute of Building Sciences report: “Compared with traditional construction, permanent modular construction projects have statistically fewer change orders, which makes the design/ construction process go smoother and faster.” 2

How MBI can help your company


Maybe it’s a key contact we can introduce to you or a best practice you can learn at one of our events. Whatever your need, MBI is dedicated to helping your company realize all the benefits of modular construction.

A closer look

The charts below detail how architects/engineers, GCs/CMs, and trade contractors measure the top impacts of modular construction.1

Modular Construction in review

Gearing up for 2021!

Our most recent World of Modular trade show and expo was a spectactular success. And 2021 is going to be even better. Will we see you there?

For nearly 40 years, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) has provided professionals in the commercial modular building industry a place to network, exchange ideas, learn from experts, discuss issues, display new products, and receive well-deserved awards and industry recognition.

World of Modular is an open forum for anyone interested in the modular construction industry. From contractors to architects, from developers to suppliers, MBI’s signature trade show remains the world’s best opportunity to reach the commercial modular construction industry.

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Contact MBI’s business development director Dave Sikora at for membership details and opportunities.

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  1. Dodge Data & Analytics. SmartMarket Report: Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020.
  2. National Institute of Buildings Sciences. Getting the Most Out of Off-Site Construction.


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