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Modular homes have a dataplate installed inside the home, usually under the kitchen sink or in a closet. The dataplate will provide information such as the manufacturer, third party inspection agency, appliance information, and manufacture date.
The codes that govern the construction of modular homes are exactly the same codes that govern the construction of site-constructed homes. In the United States, all modular homes are constructed according to the International Building Code (IBC), IRC, BOCA or the code that has been adopted by the local jurisdiction.
Due to transport and sometimes manufacturing restrictions, module size can be limited, affecting room sizes.
Some financial institutions may be hesitant to offer a loan for a modular home. Some home buyers and some lending institutions resist consideration of modular homes as equivalent in value to site-built homes.
Modular construction allows for the building and the site work to be completed simultaneously. According to some materials, this can reduce the overall completion schedule by as much as 50%.
Assembly is independent of weather.
According to the UK group WRAP, up to a 90% reduction in materials can be achieved through the use of modular construction.
Modular construction reduces waste and site disturbance compared to site-built structures.
When the needs change, modular buildings can be disassembled and the modules relocated or refurbished for their next use.
Due to the need to transport modules to the final site, each module must be built to independently withstand travel and installation requirements. Thus the final module-to-module assembly of independently durable components can yield a final product that is more durable than site-built structures.