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Modular Construction:

Sustainability Superhero

Modular Construction: Sustainability Superhero

News

09 Oct 2023

At Compass, we're no strangers to transformation.  In fact, it's at the heart of what we do.  Our journey in the Middle East's construction industry has been one of continuous evolution, and naturally a fit for one of the industry's hottest topics: modular construction and how it is revolutionizing the landscape.

In this rapidly evolving sector, countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Kuwait are leading the charge.  They've combined economic dynamism with visionary strategies, attracting international investments and tourists alike.  

Here at Compass, our approach isn't confined to traditional project management; we're committed to pushing boundaries, embracing sustainability, and redefining industry norms. One of our guiding principles is Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and Design for Manufacturing Assembly (DfMA), which have emerged as game-changers through modular, off-site construction.

It's not just a trend; it's a revolution that accelerates project timelines, enhances cost-efficiency, and champions sustainability.

What sets modular construction apart is its remarkable scalability.  It's not just about small-scale projects; it's also about making a significant impact on colossal initiatives like Saudi Arabia's NEOM project—a staggering $500 billion endeavor focusing on technology and sustainability.  Compass is deeply involved in delivering multiple programs within this ambitious project, demonstrating how modular construction optimizes resource utilization, reduces waste, and aligns with sustainability goals.

As the Middle East prepares to host COP28, the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), sustainability takes center stage.  Compass, in collaboration with global partners, is actively pursuing eco-friendly practices to minimize environmental impact.

But the true magic of modular construction happens when it joins hands with cutting-edge digital technology.  Tools like Building Information Modeling (BIM) are enhancing precision and efficiency in planning. IoT sensors provide real-time monitoring for improved structural integrity and energy management.  Smart features within modular spaces usher in an era of automation and connectivity. Techniques like 3D printing and prefabrication offer unprecedented design flexibility and speed up project timelines.  

Our friends at Construction Week invited Spencer Wylie, our Chief Executive Officer, and a Modern Methods of Construction advocate, to share further insights on the subject.  Read what Spencer had to say here.  

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