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Panelised or modular, do you know the difference?

Mention modern methods of construction and often the next word in the sentence is ‘modular’.

The adoption of a single word to cover all forms of offsite construction is actually creating a misunderstanding throughout the industry.

Mike Fairey, of light gauge steel offsite manufacturer Fusion Building Systems, explains. 

I probably need to start by back-tracking a little and explain what offsite manufacturing (OSM) is.

There's nothing new about OSM – it’s been used as a construction method for decades, the only reason more people seem to be talking about it now, is because it offers so many benefits over traditional building methods, for example:

• Safer working conditions
• Improved quality and standard of build
• Shorter and predictable build times
• Fewer materials and deliveries to site.